Thursday, June 25, 2015

Book Review: The Princess and the Fog by Lloyd Jones, With Melinda Edwards and Linda Bayliss

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Jessica Kingsley Publishers, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it






Synopsis:

Once upon a time there was a Princess. She had everything a little girl could ever want, and she was happy. That is, until the fog came... 

The Princess and the Fog is picture book to help young sufferers of depression cope with their difficult feelings. It uses vibrant illustrations, a sense of humur and metaphor to create a relatable, enjoyable story that describes the symptoms of childhood depression while also providing hope that things can get better with a little help and support. The story is also a great starting point for explaining depression to all children, especially those who may have a parent or close family member with depression.

Review: 

We don't often think about younger children having depression, what we mistake for early puberty might actually be early signs of depression. This book is aimed at kids ages 5-7 (but kids under 9 will appreciate it as well) describes what kids feel when 'the fog descends' and kids don't want to do anything, or do what they used to.It is also a very good book for kids with parents who suffer from depression, to read and to help understand what is going on with the person with depression, and why they don't act 'like themselves' anymore, but then later they do. The illustrations by Lloyd fit the story perfectly. The book also includes a depression guide for parents and caregivers, by Dr Melinda Edwards and Linda Bayliss, that's offers great tips, suggestions and guidance. This is a book that needs to be at every school, and read to every child!. We highly recommend this book! 

About the Authors: 

Lloyd Jones is a silly man with a silly beard who lives in the south of England. More of his work can be seen at www.lloydjonesillustration.com. Lloyd has a first class honours degree in Illustration from the University of Portsmouth, an MA in Sequential Design and Illustration from the University of Brighton and he is currently working on a PGCE FE from the University of Southampton. He has learned to live with his fog, rather than suffer from it. 

Melinda Edwards is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Evelina Children's Hospital, Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust in London. She has worked as a paediatric psychologist for 20 years, and has a wide range of experience across different medical specialities. She is a member of the Paediatric Psychology Network Committee, the national special interest group for paediatric psychologists in the UK.

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