Monday, December 28, 2020

"Oswald Messweather" - a bookwrap


Meet Oswald Constantine Dorian Messweather.  He hates his name more than Brussel sprouts.  It's clumsy and confusing to him.  This is his story.   



* Ages:  4-8

* Grade Level:  PS - 3

* Length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Wombat Book

* Pub. Date:  March 15, 2021

Language:  English

Unwrapping Some Illustrations for You

The Book

Oswald Messweather cannot tolerate mess and chaos in his life.  When around it he gets anxious, itchy and his legs begin to jiggle.  He runs to his crayons for peace and comfort.  He counts them, he twists them and then he wipes them clean over and over and over again.  This  action brings his mind and heart solace for a time as he tunes out his surroundings and focuses on his bright joyful colours.  

The talented illustrator visually documents his responses to the bedlam with black, tangled, unruly lines. In contast she portrays that Oswald's crayons provide a bright, cheerful pathway that calms and comforts him.  Through loving supportive adults all around him he learns to cope with his obsessive disorder (OCD) by using his crayons to draw fun inspiring pictures.  

On one hand it is very sad to see Oswald's torment as he encounters scenarios of messiness and disorder in his world but inspiring to hear that he can recover and achieve healing.  This book would be a wonderful read aloud in a classroom.  I would recommend it hoping that it would be a guide and a help to conquer OCD thus setting kids free from the troubling disorder.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS! 

Meet the Author

Dimity's past life included a lot of travel, a lot of people, and a lot of boats. She's cruised around the world and in and out of a career in Hospitality and Marketing until she finally grounded herself back in Queensland, Australia. Family and a fortune which exists only in her fantasies now maintains and motivates her. 

She loves eating cake with ice cream, sailing on the beam and writing in her diary although combining all three makes her nauseous.

To Read, Write and Inspire, especially for Children, has been her passion for decades. She's been actively indulging in it since 2008 by writing picture books, chapter books, creative digital content for reading apps and short stories for kids' anthologies. 

She regularly comes runner up in Writing for Children competitions but cherishes the BP Award given to her by her Year 9 English teacher; for being the most tenacious, quiet achiever.

Dimity is a Volunteer Role Model for Books in Homes, Australia, helping to enhance and support the reading opportunities of children across the nation. 

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1 comment:

DimbutNice said...

Thank you for finding and appreciating Oswald's condition and story. Most appreciated!