Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Review: The Mindful Magician and the Trip to Feelings Town by Lauren Brukner


Genre: Children's 3-10
Pages: 72
Published: April 21, 2023

We are going to take a trip to a very special town called Feelings Town. In this town there are kids who need our help because they are having different super-strong feelings. Do you ever feel angry, sad or worried, get startled by big sounds, or not realise how hungry you are?

Don't worry, the Mindful Magician is here to help! In this book you'll learn fun tricks that will ZAP those feelings away. If we use them the right way, we can save the day for kids who need our help! And the best bit is once you've learned those powers, you will be able to use them yourself anytime you feel those feelings!

This illustrated picture book shows children aged 5+ different self-regulation strategies for dealing with strong emotions and overwhelming sensory experiences, and how to understand interoceptive senses. The interactive story normalises struggling with tricky emotions and senses while offering a helping hand dealing with them, and there is further guidance for adults at the end of the story and advice on other self-regulation strategies.

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

As an adult, these tips for controlling large feelings don't seem very helpful, but if I'd known them as a child when everything did feel a little more magical and possible, they may have helped. 

The story itself had a bit of a Magic School Bus feeling to it. Like the magician is Ms. Frizzle's  distant British cousin. While Ms. Frizzle helps us understand science, the magician helps us understand emotions. Both definitely valuable lessons in my opinion. 

Before reading this book to your children you may want a few items. These include a cape, five wands in the colors red, blue, green, purple, and yellow, and the ability to combine those wands into one super wand with a star on top. 

Overall I give this story 3.9 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

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