Everybody Worries

Authored by Jon Burgerman
Illustrated by Jon Burgerman
Published by Oxford University Press

Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman is a fun but informative picture book with a rather zany pink front cover. This book is the third in a series that also includes Everybody Has a Body and Everybody Has Feelings.

The bright, fun, colourful cartoon illustrations on the cover lead us nicely into this book. The subject of worry may seem rather old for its perceived age range but having a 2-year-old grandson I have become acutely aware of the way little minds do worry. The bright largely primary colours and the bold cartoon style are very appealing and the simple uncomplicated language throughout encourages further discussion.

Each double-page spread looks at a different aspect that ‘worry’ can manifest itself in. A single line often outlining the worry and a similar line explaining feelings that may emerge from this worry, normalising these feelings and reassuring the toddler that this is all okay. The words and images emphasise the fact that we are all different and that we will worry about different things. The overriding feeling the book gives is to offer a sort of comfort blanket that takes away the blackness of worry.

I really enjoyed reading this and think it would be a great addition to a toddler’s library either at home or in a pre-school or nursery.

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