My Monster and Me
Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey
Hodder Children’s Books
Nadiya Hussain has recently spoken out about her own anxiety issues and now has written a picture book intended to give little ones and their carers a starting point for talking about anxiety and worries.
The narrator is a small boy who talks of his ever-present monster that nobody is able to banish; a bossy creature that gets in the way of everything the lad wants to do. It prevents him from playing with his own toys and even his friends.
After school one day the monster is waiting – huge and bad tempered – and it follows the boy all the way to his grandma’s house.
Seeing how upset he looks, Gran listens to her grandson’s tale of woe
and as he talks the monster starts to shrink and that’s when the boy gains control.
The monster never completely goes away but now it no longer wields the power.
Told in a straightforward manner that young children can easily relate to, Nadiya’s reassuring tale is made all the more so by rising star, Ella Bailey’s smashing illustrations. She portrays the monster as a mischievous rather rotund creature, rather than a scary one.
With ever more children of all ages having anxiety issues books such as this one can be an absolute boon for parents and teachers to share.