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Wednesday 10 December 2014

Review: The Worst Pain in the World

'All week Bella had been busy getting ready for her party. She was so excited she'd hardly slept at all. But on the morning of her birthday she woke with aching legs and stiff arms like a rusty robot.'

Meet Bella. She deals with pain from her arthritis every day, but when Bella’s joints flare up on the day of her birthday party, it's almost too much to bear.

The Worst Pain in the World is a gorgeous story about a young child with juvenile arthritis. Everyone experiences pain from time to time, but children with juvenile arthritis deal with chronic pain every day, largely invisible to others.

Katy falls and hurts her knee. Sabrina jams her fingers in the drawer. Ethan has a broken arm. But no one can see Bella’s pain. When Bella’s friends finally realise why she can’t join in the fun, they make her birthday party extra special, for all to enjoy.

The Worst Pain in the World is a heart-warming story with stunning illustrations. It sensitively deals with the difficult topic of pain, offering comfort and relief to many who suffer from this chronic syndrome. The story also serves to bring awareness and teach empathy to the wider community.

The Worst Pain in the World is beautiful book, with a clever ending. A definite recommended read for all!

Also included in this book are some helpful hints and tips for dealing with pain, as well as facts about juvenile arthritis.

Title: The Worst Pain in the World
Author/Illustrator:  Nicky Johnston
Publisher: Arthritis Foundation of Victoria, $14.95 RRP
Publication Date: September 2014
Format: Soft Cover
ISBN: 9780992545215
For ages: 4 - 10
Type: Picture Book