What a delightful book!
As a teacher, I always looked for books that gave kids the language and strategies to manage bullies, and negative people around them. This book gives that, and a strategy for coping with stress. It's part of mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Gifts we can give our kids.
The author, Jaimal Yogis, is is a surfer-journalist-dad, who has written this book geared to 4 - 8 year olds.
From the author
Robert Thurman says "Mop is the perfect cool character to teach children (and overgrown children) mindfulness." I suppose the newsy aspect of it is that it's a helpful tool for teaching kids and parents to deal with the big emotions - and we all have a hefty dose of those right now.
As an aside, the wonderful illustrations in this book are by artist Mathew Allen. He worked so hard to create these adorable, water-color characters based on the stick-figure mock-ups I had done for the pitch. Apart from currently illustrating a second Mop book - Mop Rides the Waves of Change (2021) - I suspect the children's book world will see a lot more of his art in the years to come.
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