Chosen by Year 2 students at Hoole All Saints Infants School, Cheshire
Thanks to Mrs Rimmer, class teacher.
The Huge Bag of Worries
Virginia Ironside, ill. Frank Rodgers, Macdonald Young Books, 0 7500 2123 3, £8.99 hbk, 0 7500 2124 1, £4.99 pbk
This picture book is about a girl called Jenny who has loads of worries. There are too many worries for her. The worries are fuzzy, wobbly, fluffy spooky creatures. She imagines or dreams that they are in an enormous bag which follows her everywhere. It grows and grows and the more she tries to get rid of them the bigger they get. We think the worries wouldn’t go away even if you put them on a train or a plane or even locked them in prison and threw the key into the sea and a shark ate it!
This book is supposed to help people to learn how to deal with worries, to know how to sort them out and to talk about them to people. We thought the book was interesting, funny, brilliant and fantastic and maybe a little bit scary in places. It needs to be read with a grown up.
The illustrations are a little bit confusing because sometimes they jump about but they do help because Frank Rodgers makes the pictures funny and a bit like a comic. The worries look like spooky, cuddly, naughty toys. If you had pictures which showed what worries really look like it would be very frightening. Frank Rodgers makes it so that you are not panicky when you read the book.
We think this is a very good book because everyone has worries and it might help them to sort them out. This book can be read millions of times when you are worried.
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