Friendly beasties invite readers to explore their emotions on lined notebook pages, with sections devoted to feeling excited, annoyed, and more. “Draw or write down some things that scare you inside this bottle,” advises one creature with horns that resemble pickles. On another page, a ghostly stand-in for readers stares out: “With a blue marker or pen, color the sadness filling up your body. If you feel like crying, draw blue tears around your eyes.” Gravel’s emotive cartoon characters are both comforting and gently subversive. The balance between guided activities and creative free space should provide readers a sense of ownership over their work. Ages 6–10. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/01/2013 Release date: 04/01/2013 Genre: Children's
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