Book Review: “Alex and the Scary Things”

Alex and the Scary Things

A Story to Help Children Who Have Experienced Something Scary

By Melissa Moses
Illustrated by Alison MacEachern

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015, ISBN: 978-1-84905-793-6, $17.95, 40 pages

Alex is an alligator who deals with tough feelings some days in the book, “Alex and the Scary Things.” Sometimes Alex’s feelings come out at different times and in different ways, like the times Alex has “Puddles” and “Jumbles” days. Alex shares the way he works through some of the scary days and difficult feelings so he feels better and safer.

Written by therapist Melissa Moses and illustrated by art therapist Alison MacEachern, this book explores the mixed feelings children often have, especially those who’ve had traumatic experiences. Written from a trauma-informed perspective, the book provides techniques to help kids navigate their feelings. The note at the end provides some additional insight and advice for helping caregivers help the children in their care. This is definitely a beneficial tool for caregivers to have on hand to read with the kids in their care to open the door to conversations and introduce some coping skills.

— Reviewed by Kim Phagan-Hansel

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