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The Blue Day Book for Kids: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up

The Blue Day Book for Kids: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up

Bradley Trevor Greive
Nonfiction Picture Book
For ages 6 to 10
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2005   ISBN: 978-0740750236

Every so often a day comes along when “nothing goes right and you feel kind of lousy.” In short, you have a blue day, a day when you feel sad, annoyed, grumpy, and lonely. As far as everybody else is concerned, you are no fun, and they don’t seem to understand that you are having a hard time. Sometimes a special someone comes around who understands and who is able to help, but often you have to figure out how to get out of your blue state on your own.

In this funny, sensitive, and clever little book, Bradley Trevor Greive pairs delightful photographs with meaningful sections of text to help young readers to better understand and cope with blue days. He clearly understands what it feels like to experience a blue day, and knows that when a blue day comes around, “Everything seems impossible” and that it is “like being sick but not knowing what hurts.”

What should you do when you feel as if “you’re stuck in a deep hole and you can’t climb out?” Well, sometimes a little naps helps. If you are not in a napping mood, a goofy song or a loopy dance can lift you out of the blues. Being creative can have the same effect. The good news is that there are things that you can do to dispel the blues.

This book would serve as a perfect gift for any young person who struggles with blue days. Humor and good common sense come together perfectly to offer young people real solutions for what can be a very difficult and puzzling problem.