Here at pocketnannies we love it when we find a good book and this is one we just had to share with you. Matt Haig is an author who has written books for both adults and children. He’s a great author, who has won lots of awards for his books and is topping the book chart with every release it seems.
Some of his bestselling adult books are Notes on a Nervous Planet and Reasons to Stay Alive, as well as fiction like How to Stop Time. I’ve personally read and enjoyed all of these titles. But the Truth Pixie is the first of his children’s books I’ve read.
His other titles for children include The Run Away Troll, A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl who saved Christmas and Echo Boy to name a few.
Anyway, we’re here to review The Truth Pixie today.. so let me tell you more about it:
“Wherever she is, whatever the day,
She only has one kind of thing to say.
Just as cats go miaow and cows go moo,
The Truth Pixie can only say things that are true”.
A very funny and lovable tale of how one special Pixie learned to live herself.
With words by the bestselling mastermind Matt Haig and picture by the inky genius Chris Mould. (From the back cover).
I really enjoyed reading the Truth Pixie. It’s aimed at children from 5-7+. I would recommend it for children who are going through a hard time, whether it’s at school or something at home. I believe this book will help children to understand that they can overcome difficult times.
The Truth Pixie is a lovable character. Although initially we learn she often upsets people by simply telling the truth, we go on to discover her true words help prepare her new found friend Aada for her future.
I think the image above shows some wonderful true words, children do need to understand the feeling of sadness to be able to compare it to happiness.
It’s hard to learn that more and more children are suffering with mental health issues at a young age. This article is great at explaining how Matt Haig thinks books can help young children come to terms with things like anxiety.
Having dealt with mental health issues for most of his life Matt’s books are inspirational I have to say. I found some of the sentences within The Truth Pixie reminding me of parts from his adult books which focus on dealing with anxiety and depression.
I’d wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who has any concerns that a child in their care is suffering with any degree of anxiety or sadness. It’s a great book to read to your child, at bedtime maybe, giving children a chance to put those worries to bed too.
Matt’s words are carefully chosen to make this book a rhyming, easy to read story. Although it’s 119 pages, the pages are beautifully illustrated and some only have a few sentences on. It’s more than readable in one sitting.
Have you read any of Matt Haig’s books? Or perhaps books on helping children to deal with anxiety that you could recommend?