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Felix and the Worrier Hardcover – August 11, 2003
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Felix, the endearing guinea pig, returns in another tale that addresses common childhood anxieties. Recently, in the wee hours of the night, he is visited by "the Worrier," a tiny, yellow elfish creature. This intruder wakes Felix and suggests disturbing possibilities-what if the big boys at the park decide to take his pants and throw them into a tree? And, what if, suggests the Worrier, no one comes to Felix's birthday party? These ideas have never occurred to him before but now he's concerned. During one nighttime visit, the two hear strange noises coming from the kitchen. The tables are turned when it's the creature that's uneasy while the youngster is determined to find out what's making the racket. Throughout, Felix's mother is a sympathetic and reassuring listener who strives to dispel the worries of her "little buttercup." Wells's watercolor-and-ink illustrations depicting expressive creatures and scenes framed in bright colors highlight another charming tale for the youngest patrons.
Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
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PreS-Gr. 2. In this companion to Felix Feels Better (2001), the young guinea pig encounters that persistent, nagging creature, The Worrier. After Mama lovingly tucks him into bed, Felix floats "into Dreamland on clouds of happiness." Later, however, he is awakened by a smiling yellow creature that points out a little black spot on Felix's tooth, which keeps him awake for the rest of the night. Mama reassures Felix in the morning, but each night thereafter The Worrier returns, whispering troubling thoughts about bullies at the playground, disastrous birthday parties, and strange noises in the night. Finally, Felix summons the courage to confront his fears and dismiss his demon once and for all. Wells' watercolor-and-ink illustrations will charm and comfort young listeners, many of whom have probably encountered a Worrier of their own. Mama continues as a role model for positive parenting, but Felix is growing up, and it's reassuring to see him asserting himself rather than relying on Mama to fix everything. A great choice for toddler story hours, one-on-one sharing, or for children not quite ready for Kevin Henkes' Wemberly Worried (2000). Kay Weisman
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