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May 2019 Juvenile Fiction

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Monster Diaries 3
Harriet's Monster Diary
Awfully Anxious (But I Squish It, Big Time)
By (author): Raun Melmed By (author): S.E. Abramson Illustrated by: Arief Kriembonga
9781641701273 Paperback, Trade English Age (years) from 7 - 11 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings May 01, 2019
$18.99 CAD
Active 5.14 x 8.07 x 0.31 in 116 pages Familius

Meet Harriet, a lovable monster who is just sick at the thought of giving a report in front of her class! Her heart pounds, her chest gets tight, and her stomach twists in painful knots. She can't even bear to get started on it! What is she going to do?

In the same humorous spirit ofDiary of a Wimpy Kid comesHarriet's Monster Diary: Awful Anxiety (But I Squish It, Big Time). Using the “furmometer” and ST4 techniques developed by Dr. Raun Melmed of the Melmed Center in Arizona, Harriet's Monster Diary teaches kids how to monitor how they feel and respond to stressful situations. Harriet’s hilarious doodles and diary entries chronicle her delightful adventures, misadventures, and eventual triumph in a funny, relatable way. It’s the one book that stressed kids will want to calm down to read!

Harriet's Monster Diary also includes a resource section to help parents and teachers implement Dr. Melmed’s methods, plus ST4 reminders that kids can remove, color, and place around the house.


Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is the director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and co-founder and medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. He is the author of Autism: Early Intervention; Autism and the Extended Family; and a series of books on mindfulness for children: Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks, Timmy's Monster Diary: Screen Time Stress, Harriet's Monster Diary: Awfully Anxious, Marvin's Monster Diary 2 (+ Lyssa): ADHD Emotion Explosion, and the next in the series, Marvin's Monster Diary 3: Trouble with Friends (But I Get By, Big Time!).

S.E. Abramson graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a BA in English. She lives in south-central Pennsylvania with her family. Harriet's Monster Diary is her literary debut. She enjoys writing, video games, and anthroponomastics.
Arief Kriembonga graduated from Jakarta Arts Institute, Indonesia. He started his career as a children's and comic book illustrator in 2010. In addition to being an illustrator, Arief also works as a UI/UX and graphic designer. Besides art, his greatest passion is single-origin coffee. He lives with his wife and one beloved daughter in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"Ari is plagued by catastrophic thinking and nightmares until her friends Marvin and Timmy, each of whom tackled their own troubles in previous Monster Diaries (ADHD and screen addiction, respectively), offer to help her with ST4 strategies, or STOP: Take Time To Think. The book emulates a Diary of a Wimpy Kid design, with lined pages, faux hand-printed typeface, and kidlike line drawings. Helpful backmatter includes a parents' guide with activities for alleviating stress and anxietyin children and instructions on how to use co-author Melmed's ST4 program. A wide array of monster types populates Ari's world. There are clues that Ari's loving family is Jewish: Bobbe (her grandmother) is similar to the Yiddish Bubbe, and Harriet's nickname, "Ari," means lion in Hebrew; immigrant Bobbe is possibly Polish (she makes a lot of borscht, or in their case, roarscht, and pierogis). Readers who experience anxiety will undoubtedly identify with—and hopefully find comfort in—Ari's story. (Fantasy. 7-11)"
-Kirkus Reviews

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