Book Review: Busy Dizzy, Dr. Orly Katz (2014)

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Banishing Your Inner Bumbling Bernice

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book for review through Library Thing’s Member Giveaway program.)

Negative Nellies and Nervous Nancies. Shy Stevens, even! Young and old, we all have them: the negative voices in our heads that tell us what we can and cannot do; that doom us to failure or – worse still – dissuade us from even trying.

With Busy Dizzy, Dr. Orly Katz provides parents, guardians, and educators with a tool to help children ward off these unhelpful, bothersome thoughts. The first forty pages comprise a full-color, illustrated picture book that, through simple, rhyming verse, teaches children to identify and defeat their inner Busy Dizzies. This is followed by ten pages of activities and exercises to help kids (and adults!) get the most out of the book.

The artwork is serviceable, but could use a little work; otherwise, Busy Dizzy is a fun little book that adults can use to help children bolster their self-esteem and overcome self-doubt. I also appreciate that the illustrator(s) included at least one little boy of color in the classroom.

Since it’s heavy on color and illustrations, Busy Dizzy looks best on an iPad or PC, but is readable on a Kindle as well.

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