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Harriet's Monster Diary

Awfully Anxious (But I Squish It, Big Time)

By Raun Melmed S.E. Abramson

Illustrated by Arief Kriembonga

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 of Diary of a Wimpy Kid comes Harriet'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.

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Raun Melmed

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"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 anxiety in 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

Product Details
Age range
7 - 11
Monster Diaries
Number of pages
Publication date
May 01, 2019