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My Monster and Me

Written by Nadiya Hussain
Illustrated by Ella Bailey

Suitable for: 5-7 years (Key stage 1), 7-11 years (Key stage 2)

Sponsored by: Edward and Dorothy Cadbury Trust

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It’s there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries? Having suffered with panic disorder herself for as long as she can remember, Nadiya (winner of The Great British Bake-Off) wrote this heartfelt story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety, to ensure that no child suffers in silence. Read by Nadiya Hussain

Listen to an audio clip

Hello, my names Nadiya Hussain. Good to meet you!

I wrote this book about a little boy who sometimes finds life very hard because of how he is feeling. And everywhere that the boy goes he is followed by a huge, yellow monster. Let’s find about the boy and his monster together.
The huge, yellow monster is lying on a cushion on the floor, next to the boy’s bed, cuddling a small panda and snoring VERY loudly!
There are two features on the left page – The one at the top shows the little boy beside his wardrobe. One of the wardrobe doors is slightly open and peeping out is one huge, yellow hand, one huge eye.

Wait a minute, it’s the monster again. It must be trying to hide from the boy’s mum.

When I wrote this book I took myself back to when I was your age and had feelings that I couldn’t explain.
It was like having a monster and some days it was shouting and screaming in my face and on other days it sat quietly in my pocket.
I wrote this book to show you that if we learn to talk about our feelings to others, it can help.

What's inside

  • A picture book with braille pages and raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Boy and the Monster
The Monster behind the Washing Line
The Monster squashing the Boy

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