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Thursday 23 January 2020

Review: The Problem with Problems

Problems are everywhere, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Each one is different, but they all love to make trouble.

In this delightful rhyming picture book by Rachel Rooney, a young protagonist likens problems to creatures and goes on to explain their tricky, sneaky behaviour.

They like to set traps. They’ll stand in your way.
They turn the sky cloudy and paint the grass grey. 

But our young protagonist also has some great advice for readers.

She explains how to deal with those pesky problems and maybe look at them from a different perspective. She has great ideas for how to get rid of them and not let them ruin your day.

This is a fun AND helpful picture book. The rhyme adds joyful pizzazz to a subject that impacts on everyone’s lives. 

It sends a great message to kids that problems do exist, but there are simple ways to deal with them and there is humour to be found in every situation. Zehra Hick’s illustrations are bright and funky, and they add to the fun and whimsy of the story. 

This is a great book for kids. It’s a fun story that can be read simply for the funnies, but it can also be used to chat to kids about dealing with things that are troubling them. 

Loads of fun and very engaging, this is a great book for your home or classroom library.

Title: The Problem with Problems
Author: Rachel Rooney
Illustrator: Zehra Hicks
Publisher: Affirm Press, $17.99
Publication Date: 31 December 2019
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925972269
For ages: 3 - 6
Type: Picture Book