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Kindergarten-Grade 4-Soft, soothing artwork accompanies a quiet story about a young boy trying to overcome the terrors of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in his daily life. All of the people in young Kevin's life join forces to help him manage his problem, which he names Mr. Worry. The use of simple language and straightforward information clarifies the situation, and readers are soon cheering for the boy's success. The artistic portrayals of Kevin's thoughts add whimsy and interest to the story. Although the author includes a few setbacks, Kevin makes good progress, providing hope for the future. This title fills a singular need in the area of psychology.-Erlene Bishop Killeen, Fox Prairie Elementary School, Stoughton, WI
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Gr. 2-4. Kevin does a lot before he goes to sleep: line things up neatly, push in the desk chair, ask his mom the same questions over and over. If he doesn't do those things "his mind gets sweaty," and he is afraid to tell his parents. What if his mom's an alien? (The picture of Kevin and Mom both riding bikes, in which she turns blue with pointy ears, is actually quite funny.) Kevin's parents take him to see a doctor who talks to people all day about their worries. Dr. Fraser teaches Kevin techniques on how to "hang up" on worry messages as if they were wrong numbers, and she gives him medication. Soon Kevin, who has named his OCD Mr. Worry, is managing his fears better. The airbrushed illustrations, which tend toward realism, have a certain blandness, but there's humor in them as well. This picture book for older readers is useful bibliotherapy that will no doubt comfort many kids. GraceAnne DeCandido
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company; 1 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807551821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807551820
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Mahan on August 30, 2006
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I have a son 9 years old diagnosed with OCD 6 months ago. We have had a terrible time to get him to even go to therapy much less open up and participate. He has had much embarrassment and shame. I got him this book and at first he would not let me read it to him. Finally after much thought he decided to go for it. After reading this book he totally opened up to me and we talked for over a hour about his OCD. He said for the first time he didn't feel alone. He read this book 6 times the first day and even slept with it. He couldn't quit talking about how it is the best book he ever read. We were able to use this little boys struggles and compare them to my sons. It was like the first time that someone actually understood what he was going through. I was hesitant to buy it because it seemed to be for younger kids, but I sure am glad now!!
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Though the subject of OCD certainly deserves exploration, the joy of this book is not simply that it promotes understanding through its compassionate telling. It also has a full satisfying plot, thoughtful character development and as with all great stories, a hero who bravely faces a challenge. The colorful illustrations are beautifully rendered and both children and/or their adult readers will finish with a new appreciation of the common courage with which we must all face our difficulties. A must for every school (and home) library!
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I bought this book shortly after my 5 y.o. daughter was diagnosed with OCD. At the time, she had a very severe case and was more or less baffled by not just her own thoughts and actions, but by the cognitive behavior therapy we were going to weekly. I was trying to find something to help her understand what she was dealing with. And it did that.

She identified with the boy, she saw that their shared some of the same fears and rituals. BUT, then she started to worry that maybe there was something wrong with her because she did not share ALL of the same fears and rituals. She started to ask if I was an alien and had "bad thoughts" about the illustrations in the book. I had to stop reading it to her.

I think it was unfortunate and I hope an experience that only my child had with this book. I think there is a need for children's books about OCD and I applaud the author for writing what I think is a very entertaining, well-told, and realistic story with beautiful illustrations. I also applaud the author for writing a book geared for the younger crowd (there are not many).

I think parents of young children with OCD should buy this book and read it themselves first. You know your child best. Read it too them once and see how they take it. At the time I read it to my daughter, she was having OCD thoughts every ten minutes or sooner. Anything could set her off - including a book I thought would help. I think now that she has been symptom free for over three months, I could read it to her again without any problems and I am sure she would like it. I also think this would be a wonderful book for a young child who has a family member or friend suffering from OCD. It really does explain the disorder in terms a young child can easily grasp.
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My son was not diagnosed with OCD but anxiety. This book was helpful to him as well. It helped him identify the worrying thoughts that were causing his anxiety. Even if your child does not have OCD, this will be a helpful book.
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I am a therapist and have used this book with children who have OCD. It is a great book and tells a very helpful story in explaining what OCD is in words and in story-form that is easy for children to understand. It also gives helpful suggestions in the story on how to begin to manage OCD as a child. The story is very relateable to children.
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Content is biased towards medication use first, psychotherapy is presented as secondary. The opposite is true. Most of these kids are greatly helped by the right type of psychotherapy and do not require medication. What parents need to be guided is to find the right therapist, one who is experienced in the practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with children. Service was excellent (the people who sent me the book).
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My son who just turned 6 LOVES this book. He has asks me to read it over and over to him. I think it is something he can relate too. It's kinda long but the message is clear and gives various different examples of things the boy has worries about because of his OCD. There is a reference to a telephone call that the boy should hang up the phone when Mr. Worry calls in to remind him to keep checking on things. The only thing about this is my 6 yr old doesn't answer the telephone very much and I'm not sure he understands what it means to hang up on Mr. Worry when he calls but the concept is a good idea. I'm sure as he gets older he will understand better.
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My son has PANDAS, which is an autoimmune response to strep throat. When he aquires strep he present OCD symptoms. Our lives were hell for 3 months until we bought this book. Mr. Worry helped my son overcome his compulsions and obsessions. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who has a child with OCD or anxiety issues.
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