Saturday, April 29, 2023

*Review* Tummy Troubles by Jaime Roche

 Genre: Children's 4-8 years
Published: June 6, 2023
Pages: 32

Tummy Troublesfollows Gretchen as she navigates her way through her newly developed fear of vomiting with the help of her school counselor and the GRIP technique.

Gretchen loves pizza day at school until a stomach bug causes an embarrassing scene for her in the cafeteria. With the help of her school counselor and the acronym GRIP, Gretchen learns an extremely effective diaphragmatic breathing method that helps reduce the physiological symptoms associated with the fight or flight response, such as digestive distress. 

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

This story is about a young girl named Gretchen who goes to a school where every Friday they get pizza for school lunch, and pizza day is the best day, at least until one pizza day when Gretchen gets sick after eating the pizza. The next pizza day, she doesn't want to eat the pizza because she's afraid she's going to get sick again. Her school counselor helps her work through her fear to give pizza one more try. She doesn't get sick and goes back to enjoying pizza day like she did before. 

The illustrations were bright and colorful, really catching my eye. The skills suggested at the end of the book are definitely worth giving a try with my daughter at least, even though she's past the recommended ages for this book. Overall I give this 3.78 out of 5 stars. - Katie 

Jaime Roche, MSW, has worked in the field of mental health and wellness for the past 20 years as a clinical social worker and yoga teacher treating children, teens, and young adults struggling with anxiety disorders, many with symptoms of emetophobia. She lives in North Salem, NY. Visit @JaimeRoche_Author on Instagram.

Doruntina Beqiraj is a children’s illustrator based in Toronto, Ontario. She has a passion for creating warm and charming characters and enjoys experimenting with textures and patterns. Visit and @Whatsuuptina on Instagram.

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