“…and with those little wordlings, he calmed his busy brain, since when the sun is shining, why worry it will rain?”
Rachel Bright’s endearing little Worrysaurus is a dinosaur who likes to have a plan. He’s dreamed up and prepared for the perfect day: a walk in the sun with a delicious picnic. But soon he starts to dwell on all the things that might go wrong (not enough food and drink, getting lost or hurting himself) and these thoughts are enough to transport him from the happy present to worrying about a calamity-filled future. A lizard with a tendency to panic about the weather shows up (we like to think this choice of character was a nod to the ‘reptilian brain’ theory) and works up poor Worrysaurus into even more of a state. But then he realises that he can cope: he imagines his Mummy and remembers her wise and soothing words; he gets out his special tin filled with ‘happy things’; he uses positive affirmations and he frees the ‘worry butterfly’ which has taken residence in his tummy. The day goes well after all, and the new friends are able to laugh at their troubles rather than brood on their errors of judgement.
We are huge fans of Rachel Bright at Little Parachutes, and ‘Worrysaurus’ has become a firm favourite in our library for its strong child-appeal and useful, non-preachy messages. Brought to life visually by the brilliant illustrator Chris Chatterton, you won’t regret sharing this with any young child who feels the magnetic pull of the ‘what if’ worry.