I almost approached this book out of a sense of duty. You know how some books appear to be so ‘worthy’? I thought that The Great Big Book of Feelings might be one of those. It’s not.
Instead Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith have come up with something really beautiful. Put simply, it’s a book that describes feelings, and as such I reckon would work quite well for aspie children (perhaps even older people) who need to learn what faces look like for different emotions.
But that’s not why I think it’s so great. It seems so full of life, somehow. (Except for the page about bereavement, which actually had me in tears within seconds. That’s how powerful the combination of Ros’s illustrations and Mary’s words is.)
Right, I will turn the page over and leave the ‘biggest rain cloud ever.’
It’s almost strange that you can get away with a book that just lists feelings, but it seems as if Mary has found every feeling you’d want, and Ros has drawn the loveliest pictures. I know that she always does, but still feel I must point it out.
(Have to admit that the Swedish proverb had me stumped. Perhaps I wasn’t paying attention that day.)
And I have never been scared of knees. Thought you’d want to know…