Little bookworm spawns’ mini reviews – Not today Celeste!, Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, and The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do 10

Because depressed people need tender understanding!


Not Today, Celeste!

Celeste thinks she is the happiest dog in the world. But when she notices something different about her human, Rupert, she wonders if things will ever be the same again.

Charmingly illustrated, this heart-warming story for children aged 3+ reflects some of the feelings and experiences that a child whose parent or carer has depression may face. When it comes to periods of low mood in a parent or carer, children can often feel that they are to blame, or even that the parent doesn’t love them anymore. The story provides reassurance by explaining what depression is and how it is possible to find help. With a comprehensive guide for parents and professionals written by Dr Pooky Knightsmith that provides advice on discussing the topic with children, this is a truly valuable resource that will be of interest to social workers, child and school counsellors, psychologists, parents and foster parents.



Of this book was such a wonderful and tender experience!

5 tender stars!

This was such a beautiful book in every possible way! Beautiful illustrations and the way depression is explained, how it affects the person suffering from depression and their loved ones, SPOT ON! How depressed people are not only just “sad” but also how they seem demotivated and irritable and how people around them feel confused, hurt, and guilty.

WHY does my beloved [insert here sister, spouse, child, etc]

does not want anything to do with me???


That’s the first thing you think when dealing with a distant irritable depressed love done. The answer is NOTHING. You did nothing wrong. It’s not you, is not them either. It’s not your fault, it’s not their fault either.  it’s just the way depression works.

That’s why it’s so important to educate people and create awareness. Depression is a monster that destroys relationships and families. I wish I had known about depression when I was growing up with my depressed mother and grandparents. It would have meant a much more supportive and loving family dynamics. We did love each other but we had a very hard time dealing with this issue.

This beautiful book about understanding, compassion and support. I cannot recommended enough! Great way to explain depression to children!



Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears

Young children will identify with the little mouse who documents his fears in the pages of this book – from loud noises and the dark to being sucked down the plughole.








This book was gorgeous but I was expecting more.

How this book was just splendid. One of the most beautiful children book I have had the pleasure to read. The illustrations top notch! The expression of the little mouse very well done. It is mostly a mixed media composition and I ADORE mix media so I couldn’t get enough if these pages. The color palette, MY color palette.



The interactive features are just fantastic! Look at this gorgeous map of the Isle if Freight!

I wish I could have given this book a 5-star review but I guess I was expecting more. Yes, I think children will identify with all of Little Mouse’s fear but then.. WHAT? There was nothing about how to cope with those fears! So it kinda felt unfinished to me.

 The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do

Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals. But one day, when they re looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou s friend has an idea: Up there! The tree can be our ship! Ummm … says Lou. This is something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she s sure she can t do it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When that doesn t work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them her arm is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn t climb so soon after eating. Finally, she tells herself she doesn t want to climb the tree. But is that true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?

This delightful picture book from Ashley Spires, bestselling author of The Most Magnificent Thing, perfectly depicts what children go through when confronted with something difficult. With humor and endearing artwork, Spires sensitively portrays Lou procrastinating, making excuses, imagining alternatives and denying she cares. Ultimately, Lou faces her fear, and although she fails, the effort empowers her, encouraging a growth mindset. All the while, Lou s friends model compassionate friendship by offering to teach her how to climb and then moving the game. This book makes a perfect choice for a character education discussion about courage or resilience, or a life-skills lesson on facing challenges. The story also promotes the joy of imaginative play in the outdoors.


4.2 “reality check” stars!

I really enjoyed this book! The excuses not to climb the tree were cute imaginative and hilarious. I also liked the problem solving, testing different solutions to a problem. 🙂

I’m all for “pursuit your dream” “shoot for the stars” motivational stories but reality check stories have a lot of value too! I love that the take away is that there will be always things we can’t do no matter how hard we try [like… I couldn’t be a NBA team no matter how hard I tried because I’m a 5’1″ female! :)]

AND THAT”S OK! We all have different paths to walk and lives to live and maybe there are other things as fulfilling as climbing trees!

Sill the story is encouraging because it says that Lou can’t climb trees “YET” 🙂

Enjoy the Children’s Book Week!

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10 thoughts on “Little bookworm spawns’ mini reviews – Not today Celeste!, Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, and The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do

  • chucklesthescot

    Seems strange to cover depression but not how to deal with it. Mind you, at least there are books out there now trying to highlight depression. I had some terrible years with it myself.

  • kimbacaffeinate

    Despite not showing how to cope with fears, the Big Book of Fears looks gorgeous and maybe leaves room for an adult reader to offer ways to cope. I love the sound of these, thanks for sharing.

  • Tamara Narayan

    A book on depression for younger kids sounds like a great thing to have. Illustrations were always key when I was choosing books for my kids out of the library. So many seemed to go for the blobby, pastel marshmallow look that I found dull. I love pictures with details and vivid colors.

  • La La in the Library

    Love this! I am definitely putting books one and three on my children’s tbr. Too bad about the mouse book not having any examples in it because I agree, the illustrations are wonderful.

    The first book has made me think about the bad time I had when my son was seven. I was always super close and connected to Baz, but that winter I felt totally disconnected (which I found out was the meds they had me on and not the depression), but the guilty mom in me forced me to play the part and act like nothing was wrong. Now I am wondering what he remembers about that time. I wonder if my acting was as good as I thought it was, or if he picked up on something being not quite right. We have had a few heart to hearts lately, so maybe it is time to talk about this. 🙂

    • Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium

      yup that first book hit so close to home! Depression runs in my family and I had a very hard time dealing with my mom’s and then I had post-partum. The kids were no affect of course but my husband was! That’ll be a tough one to talk about with your son but I’m sure it’ll be very well worth it! Good luck