This is a powerfully short and wordless graphic novel about anxiety and its damaging effects on our mental well being. What I loved most about this is that it's told from a child's point of view, rather than an adult's, and it shows the ways anxiety can "chip" away at our minds if left unresolved for too long. In these pages, the unnamed boy also finds help, and realizes that anxiety is a battle he doesn't ever have to fight alone. Mental health is an important topic that needs more attention and support for the younger generation, and I am so glad that this addresses it in a gut-punching way with striking illustrations. — Angela Turon
Three starred reviews called Small Things "monumental" (Booklist), "superb" (School Library Journal) and "intense" (Foreword Reviews). In this wordless graphic picture book, a young boy feels alone with his worries. He isn't fitting in well at school. His grades are slipping. He's even lashing out at those who love him.
Talented Australian artist Mel Tregonning created Small Things in the final year of her life. In her emotionally rich illustrations, the boy's worries manifest as tiny beings that crowd around him constantly, overwhelming him and even gnawing away at his very self. The striking imagery is all the more powerful when, overcoming his isolation at last, the boy discovers that the tiny demons of worry surround everyone, even those who seem to have it all together.
This short but hard-hitting wordless graphic picture book gets to the heart of childhood anxiety and opens the way for dialogue about acceptance, vulnerability, and the universal experience of worry.