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Small Things

by Mel Tregonning

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A stunning graphic picture book about childhood anxiety from an extraordinarily talented illustrator. On the cusp of having everything slip from his grasp, a young boy has to find a way to rebuild his sense of self. In this wordless graphic picture book, a young boy feels alone with his worries. He isn't fitting in well at school. His grades are slipping. He's even lashing out at those who love him. Talented Australian artist Mel Tregonning created Small Things in the final year of her life. In her emotionally rich illustrations, the boy's worries manifest as tiny beings that crowd around him constantly, overwhelming him and even gnawing away at his very self. The striking imagery is all the more powerful when, overcoming his isolation at last, the boy discovers that the tiny demons of worry surround everyone, even those who seem to have it all together. This short but hard-hitting wordless graphic picture book gets to the heart of childhood anxiety and opens the way for dialogue about acceptance, vulnerability, and the universal experience of worry.… (more)
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This wordless picture book illustrates a young boy who worries about dealing with sadness and being alone. The book shares to young children that there is always help close by, even though they might not see it at the moment. This would be a great read for children of all ages, especially those who may be struggling with anxiety. ( )
  sobiec | Mar 8, 2021 |
Great to help parents realize children can have anxiety too.
  Laura.Vance | Nov 15, 2019 |
This is a completely black and white wordless graphic novel. And I could never see it being in color. It sets the whole mood of the story. Depression and anxiety in our students is black, lifeless and is serious. The reader knows the feelings and what's happening without the use of words.
  Stella.Felix | Nov 13, 2019 |
wordless, graphic story, childhood anxiety - good for all ages. Author gives us notes to help us understand. ( )
  melodyreads | Oct 29, 2018 |
Emotionally difficult to get through, but a fabulous book. This wordless graphic novel explore themes of depression and isolation, as seen through the eyes of a child. ( )
  fred_mouse | Aug 16, 2017 |
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A stunning graphic picture book about childhood anxiety from an extraordinarily talented illustrator. On the cusp of having everything slip from his grasp, a young boy has to find a way to rebuild his sense of self. In this wordless graphic picture book, a young boy feels alone with his worries. He isn't fitting in well at school. His grades are slipping. He's even lashing out at those who love him. Talented Australian artist Mel Tregonning created Small Things in the final year of her life. In her emotionally rich illustrations, the boy's worries manifest as tiny beings that crowd around him constantly, overwhelming him and even gnawing away at his very self. The striking imagery is all the more powerful when, overcoming his isolation at last, the boy discovers that the tiny demons of worry surround everyone, even those who seem to have it all together. This short but hard-hitting wordless graphic picture book gets to the heart of childhood anxiety and opens the way for dialogue about acceptance, vulnerability, and the universal experience of worry.

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