Picture Book Review: Gloria’s Big Problem

Gloria's Big Problem by Sarah Stiles Bright
Gloria’s Big Problem
by Sarah Stiles Bright,  Mike Deas (Illustrations)

5 out of 5 stars

Gloria is trapped in her anxiety. It feels like a big problematic monster that whispers her fears into her ears every day. Gloria feels crippled by her anxiety, and she doesn’t feel comfortable going to the movies or sleep overs with friends. She loves to sing, but is too scared to sing in front of people. Is there any way for her to destroy her anxiety and be able to sing in the big auditions for a musical show?

I loved this book so much! The concept of anxiety is described in a really insightful way, as a mental and physical response, and as an emotion too. I also found it very compelling how Gloria’s family minimize her problem and don’t take her seriously. Most people will not take a child seriously, or will tell you to “get over it.” There are some very powerful messages in this story about taking control of your own emotions and pulling yourself out of your fears. However, the story never feels preachy or overly “inspirational”. The story flows smoothly and is fun and silly, making it a joy to read!
The illustrations are adorable! I love how the Problem monster is designed, and the crazy expressions on its face. The art style is colorful with bold lines! I love the way each page is designed with text and pictures, and how the story is interpreted through the art. It’s expressive and emotional.

An excellent book with a wonderful message told in a fun way!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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