Author: Telgemeier, Raina
A funny true story from the author's childhood about growing up, anxiety that leads to serious stomach problems, and gathering the courage to explore--and eventually conquer--her fears. In graphic novel format.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 2.60
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 503873
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 3.60
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 77312
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/19)
School Library Journal (08/01/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/09/19)
The Hornbook (+) (00/09/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 06/01/2019 After a particularly bad bout of the flu in fourth grade, Raina keeps having stomach aches and intense feelings about food and germs. The thought of being near a sick person sends her into a panic, and conflicts among her friends at school and embarrassment about bodily functions in general certainly don’t help matters. In this third graphic memoir, Telgemeier describes her childhood anxiety in an approachable, nonjudgmental way and emphasizes how useful talk therapy can be. Her depiction of her spiraling anxious thoughts, often in noxious greens and crowded by negative self-talk in bulky fonts, nicely show both how isolating anxiety can feel and how physical it can be. Telgemeier’s particular talent for rendering evocative facial expressions with only a few carefully placed marks makes the pain, worry, and panic in Raina’s face and body language unmistakable. As in Smile (2009) and Sisters (2014), Telgemeier gets to the heart of middle-school experiences, from the playground jokes to the minefield of shifting friendships, and the many, many fans of her work will be enchanted by this as well.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Telgemeier is a force unto herself in kids graphic novels. Trust me, this will have a lengthy wait list. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 08/01/2019 Gr 3–6—Telgemeier presents a new story from her childhood, which takes place when she was in the fourth and fifth grades. After her little sister brought home a case of stomach flu, young Raina woke up one night with an upset stomach and had to vomit. Then a boy in her class was made fun of for throwing up at school, and Raina worried about getting sick again. Her anxiety only led to more stomach troubles, and she also dealt with a school bully and a friend moving away. Raina's parents stayed supportive throughout, and they got her into therapy; eventually, she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. The subject matter is conveyed realistically but with humor—anxiety can be taken seriously, and farts can still be funny. Telgemeier's art is incredibly expressive, and the green circles that surround Raina will have readers feeling nauseous along with her as her panic intensifies. Especially important is a scene in which Raina's therapist talks her through a grounding technique and deep breathing exercise, giving readers a coping technique that they can use. VERDICT A must. Fans of Smile and Sisters will adore this new story starring Raina and her family, but newcomers to Telgemeier's work will also love Guts.–Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library - Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.