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Small things /

by Tregonning, Mel [author,].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Pajama Press, [2018]Description: 37 pages : illustrations ; 32 cm.ISBN: 9781772780420.Subject(s): Graphic novels | Anxiety -- Fiction | Mental illness -- Fiction | Stories without words | Graphic novelsSummary: In a graphic novel without words, a young boy struggles with anxiety, represented by a swarm of tiny creatures that gnaw at him, leaving him feeling isolated and out of control.Other editions: Reproduction of (manifestation):: Tregonning, Mel, 1983-2014. Small things
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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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In a graphic novel without words, a young boy struggles with anxiety, represented by a swarm of tiny creatures that gnaw at him, leaving him feeling isolated and out of control.

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Horn Book Review

In this wordless story told through paneled graphite art that makes achingly attuned use of chiaroscuro, a boy is having a hard time--not the kind many picture-book kids have en route to finding a problems clear-cut solution, but an enduringly hard time. He tries and fails to fit in with kids at school. His schoolwork is suffering. His anxiety begins to manifest itself as a swarm of little black demons that surround him, day and night. He starts to feel that part of him is being eroded, and sure enough, one day he notices that a small chunk is missing from his arm. Before books end, when the boy makes a friendship overture to someone he recognizes as a fellow demon-fighter, the story may strike readers who dont suffer from debilitating anxiety as almost unbearably sad, but they may also find the events depicted revelatory. (An afterword provides more details about childhood anxiety and a link to resources.) One hopes this book will reach children who relate to the boys plight and anyone who, like the boys sister, suspects that a loved one is in pain and needs help. nell beram (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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