A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Guts offers advice about how to deal with anxiety and fearfulness and makes it clear that talking to a therapist about such things is perfectly normal.
With help from family, friends, and mental health professionals, kids can learn to calm their feelings of anxiety. Kids sometimes act mean out of insecurity, but if you take the time to get to know someone, they might turn out to be a friend after all.
Positive Role Models
Raina has a problem with fear and anxiety, especially when she's at school. By learning about why she feels this way, she develops skills in calming herself down.
There's alk of bathroom activities, including barfing, pooping, and farting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Guts is the third graphic memoir by cartoonist Raina Telgemeier, author and illustrator of Smile and Drama. The book dramatizes her struggles to overcome her fears and anxieties about bathroom issues, such contracting the stomach flu or needing to move her bowels urgently. There's frequent talk of poop and vomit, plus a couple of illustrations of people in the act.
Is It Any Good?
Everyone uses the bathroom, and this funny, moving graphic novel demonstrates what happens when a person gives too much thought to the process. With a sharp eye for design and a discerning ear for dialogue, Raina Telgemeier chronicles in Guts her struggles with anxiety and digestion issues during elementary and middle school. As an illustrator, she captures the big gestures that kids make during those years, giving the characters an expressiveness that ably transmits their internal feelings. As a writer, she finds believable plot twists and touching character moments. Young readers will relate to Raina's troubles, which are treated with sensitivity and humor.
Guts is another winner from a deservedly popular literary creator -- insightful, poignant, and funny.
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