Understanding emotions can be one of the most challenging things for a child to learn. As a teacher, I think it is important to teach social skills and emotional skills that will help prepare my students for life outside of the academic world. There are a number of books available for children that help address these needs and the WorryWoo Monsters series is one the best.
The world of the WorryWoos was created by Andi Green to help children learn what to do with those feelings of happiness, sadness, and loneliness they may feel. Andi brings human emotions to life by personifying feelings as the main characters of an award-winning series of children’s books. The series features 6 different characters, each representing a different emotion and starring in his or her own story.
We received Rue is the Monster of Insecurity who doesn’t feel like he fits in with everyone else because of the way he looks. I thought W might like Rue’s big nose and I was right! He’s always trying to get it in his mouth but Rue’s nose is too big for that! I also liked the idea of having the book that taught the lesson of accepting who you are and celebrating your unique qualities.
The book is a hardcover which will look great on any child’s bookshelf. The illustrations are beautifully done with ink, watercolors, and pen.
The plush is 11″ tall and extremely soft. W loves Rue’s hair and always puts it in his mouth then makes a funny face.
Rue is definitely a favorite in our house now. W likes to drag him around the room with him. The Rue plush is also a wonderful addition to have with us when we sit down to read the story. Although some people think that plush that go along with books is a sales ploy, I have seen how much fun children can have with them in my years of teaching. Bringing the plush version of one of the story characters can help bring the story to life and is also a great tool for use when retelling the story. Learning to retell stories is a great skill for children to learn and will help develop their reading comprehension skills.
I enjoyed reading The Nose That Didn’t Fit with Weston. Although it’s not a board book so I have to be careful when I sit down with him so pages don’t get torn, he will sit through the entire story and the book is 88 pages long. The amount of text on each page is limited so it will be good for when W is an early reader.
The story follows Rue and his quest to change his nose to look more like the noses of the creatures around him. Once he gets the change, no one recognizes him and when a special someone comes looking for Rue, he has to think hard about the decisions he’s made. It’s a great story about accepting yourself and being yourself. I love the message and I love the illustrations. It is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. I hope to have the opportunity to read more of the WorryWoos books in the future.
The WorryWoo Monsters are available online or in local stores. To learn even more about these amazing characters, check out the WorryWoo’s YouTube channel or get connected on Facebook and Twitter! They are great characters and any child would benefit from reading the books. The plush characters are just an added bonus!
Formula Mom Disclosure: I received a free product for review purposes. However, all opinions and experiences are 100% my own.