Today is R U OK? Day.
In a world where worry and anxiety seem to be increasingly prevalent amongst people of all ages, it’s important to know how to discuss them.
Your Head’s Not the Place to Store Problems is a timely reminder for children and adults, whether it’s something they struggle with themselves, or they know someone who does.
Busy and overwhelmed brains. Big thoughts. Problems that keep turning over and over in your mind. Not enough space to think.
These are things everyone deals with at some time in their life, and some people deal with more than they should have too. They can make you feel “full up and crowdy and [your] mood swings from sunny to suddenly cloudy”.
Finding someone to speak to and share your worries with is important, to help focus on positive thoughts rather than fears. That’s one of the key messages of Your Head’s Not the Place to Store Problems.
Stephen Michael King’s gorgeous whimsical illustrations, featuring dogs and dragons, are spot on in the way they bring Josh Pyke’s words to life in a way that makes sense, yet is not confronting.
Josh Pyke and Stephen Michael King have created an accessible story about a serious subject. Share Your Head’s Not the Place to Store Problems with someone today and start a conversation about whether they, and you, are ok.
Title: Your Head’s Not the Place to Store Problems
Author: Josh Pyke
Illustrator: Stephen Michael King
Publisher: Scholastic Australia, $
Publication Date: September 2023
For ages: 5+
Type: Picture Book