Thursday, July 22, 2021

"Anxious Andy" - a bookwrap



Anxious Andy

Authored by Adam Ciccio

Illustrated by Myriam Berenschot 


* Ages:  4-7

* Grade Level: PS-2 

* Picture Book length:  32 pages

* Publisher:  Clavis

* Pub. Date:  Sept. 17, 2021

* Language:  English

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    The Book         

"Anxious Andy" is a sweet book about a little guy who has many fears which inhibit his ability to play and have fun with his friends.  He struggles daily with worries and they seem to be defeating his ability to cope with his emotions.  

One day Andy is at his wits end as he heads home after battling his demons all day long.  

"Frustrated and filled with doubt, Anxious Andy walked home with a discouraging pout.  He wanted to scream! He wanted to shout!  But most of all, he wanted to figure his worrying out." 

On his way he meets some animal friends and asks them why he is so scared.  They all offer a solution but those solutions do not solve Andy's problems.  Andy with tears streaming down his face finally encounters his mother and confesses to her how he tried to overcome his worries and fear but alas... he failed.  His wise mother offers him advice that is sure to help him become a conquerer.  Will her council  finally set Andy free to become happy and enjoy his life much more with his friends?  

The illustrations are expressive and full of emotion.  They certainly enrich the message of the book.  It is lovely that his mother listens to him and is there to support him and lovingly help him understand what he was going through.  The book will spark conversations regarding feelings and how to change fearful thoughts of failure into feelings of bravery and courage.  I recommend this book. 

Storywraps Rating - 4 HUGS! 


Meet the Author

Adam Ciccio was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was raised in Savannah, Georgia, and attended high school at St. Andrew’s School on Wilmington Island, GA. Ciccio graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH) in 2006 and with a Master of Science in Psychological Counseling at Salem State University (Salem, MA) in 2012. He owns an outpatient mental health practice for children and adults in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the same town which he currently resides. Ciccio is the author of several picture books that focus on developmental growth and self-confidence during early childhood.

About the Illustrator

Myriam Berenschot is a fulltime illustrator. After her graduation at the art academy, she gave art and drawing lessons to children. Currently, she makes so many illustrations, especially for educational publishers, that she doesn’t have time to teach. Myriam likes to discover new materials and techniques, and what effects they have. Is it sweet or angrier? She also uses the computer and the IPad to create the right atmosphere. Myriam wants to touch her public. And often that is with themes that are very close. Just have a look around ...

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