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Thank Goodness For Bob by Matthew Morgan & Gabriel Alborozo

Thank Goodness for Bob is a fantastic story for helping children to understand that worrying is normal. Worrying is something that we all do and this story shows children how they can deal with their worries so that they don’t rule their lives like they do for the main character, Max.

The Story: Max worries a lot but his dog Bob doesn’t worry about anything. Max doesn’t feel that he can tell anybody about his worries although his family and his teacher know that he has them. Bob tells Max to talk so he does and as soon as Max starts talking he feels better. His worries are transformed into bubbles and often don’t seem as big or as bad as when they were in his head.

Dealing with worries is often difficult for children and this story provides reassurance that it is perfectly normal to have them. Each worry is transformed into a bubble, it’s a great analogy especially when Max pops the bubbles to get rid of the worries. The story gives a comforting message that talking to a friend can help when you have something on your mind and we love the laid back attitude of Bob in comparison to Max.

Thank Goodness For Bob includes many worries that small children have including whether other children like them or what could be lying under their beds in the dark. Gabriel Alborozo has done a great job of illustrating the worries, we particularly like the pictures of the alien abduction and Max’s fear of being wrapped inside a snake. Once Max has talked to Bob each worry is shown in a bubble and the illustrations play a huge part in showing us the worries, several aren’t mentioned in the text but are just shown pictorially.

If you have a particularly sensitive child who worries a lot this would be a great book for helping him / her to talk about and acknowledge fears and worries out loud. The trust in the relationship between Max and Bob and the way that they tackle Max’s problems is gently reassuring. Thank Goodness For Bob would be a great book to use in a classroom when talking about feelings and emotions and would make a great addition to a school library.

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Matthew Morgan / Illustrator: Gabriel Alborozo

Thank you to Egmont for sending us a copy of Thank Goodness For Bob. We think it does a great job of helping children understand that having worries is normal and that talking to a friend is a great way to help alleviate them.

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18 responses to “Thank Goodness For Bob by Matthew Morgan & Gabriel Alborozo”

  1. Acorn Books avatar

    This book sounds wonderful, such an important topic too. I love the sound of the bubble analogy. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      The bubbles are brilliant at showing how worries can be ‘popped’ so that they are not a problem any more. It would be wonderful if all adult’s worries could be dealt with so easily!

  2. Jen avatar

    What a great book! I have an 8 year old and last night as I passed by at bedtime, I saw and heard her snuggling our dog Eddie and talking to him about her day. I love that connection that happens between animals and children.

    1. Catherine avatar

      We don’t have any pets but having a non judgemental animal to talk to can be a great help for children 🙂

  3. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    What a great idea for a storyline for young children. Sounds a good book #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely story to convey an important message to little worriers out there 🙂

  4. Suz avatar

    This looks a great book for my little worry-wort grandchild.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s hard to know how to help children who worry constantly but hopefully this lovely story can help some children to confront their worries.

  5. Shell Louise avatar

    This book would have been great for my middle child who is still a great worrier and doesn’t seem to be getting any better the older she gets.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s hard to know how to help a child when they are a worrier, this is a great book for younger children. I’ll see if I can find any for older children 🙂

  6. Sarah - letthembesmall avatar

    I love books like this that helps children understand those big emotions #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Bob and Max have such a lovely friendship that it’s a great story to read just for enjoyment too 🙂

  7. Verily Victoria Vocalises avatar

    This is such a lovely idea for a book – they seem to come up with so many supportive resources for children these days. I shall definitely keep this one in mind (and thank you for your lovely comment) #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re very welcome. I’m so excited to hear your baby news 🙂

  8. BookBairn avatar

    I love it when books help children express themselves! Sounds like a great one x #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a great book to help children find a way to express themselves when they have worries.

  9. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    What a fab book, I’ve not heard of this one before but so many kids worry these days don’t they! Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s fabulous to find a book to help young children who have lots of worries, especially one that reassures them that it’s normal and helps them to find a way to deal with them.