I can’t recommend this book enough! Raina shares her own childhood experiences with fear and anxiety through warm illustrations that identify levels 1-10 in concrete ways, and provide helpful tools and methods for coping with stress. Great for ages 10 and up. Recommended By Kim T., Powells.com
Hooray, a new graphic novel from Raina Telgemeier! In Guts, she brings her recognizable illustration style and storytelling skills to the topic of anxiety and stomachaches. It is funny, relatable, and encourages kids to talk about their feelings. This may be her best book yet. Recommended By Jennifer H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
A true story from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts!
Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?
Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face — and conquer — her fears.
"A riot of quirkiness and eccentricity, and the mood of the book, which shifts from droll humor to melancholy to gentle vulnerability, is unclassifiable — and just right." Kirkus
"A compassionate and accessible look at one girl's struggles with anxiety." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"A must." School Library Journal (Starred Review)
"The story both normalizes therapy and shows a child developing useful coping mechanisms for anxiety in a way that will reassure, even inspire, readers." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
About the Author
Raina Telgemeier is the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning creator of Smile and Sisters, which are both graphic memoirs based on her childhood. She is also the creator of Drama and Ghosts, and is the adapter and illustrator of four Baby-sitters Club graphic novels. Raina lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit her online at goRaina.com.