Wadee and the Worry Wakes

Children - Picture Book
74 Pages
Reviewed on 10/21/2019
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Wadee Waddles is looking for his friends. It is going to be sunset soon and Wadee Waddles wants to play more before the sun sets and it is his bedtime. He sees Fayola when he reaches the waterhole. They decide to find their friends, Binah, Abayomi, Ada, and the rest of their gang and run for a while through the grass. The sun has already gone down and it is dark so they decide to go back home. Wadee's mama is waiting for him with his baby sisters, Isabis and Bisa. Wadee loves his baby sisters and they all snuggle up to their mama and go to sleep. Wadee has been finding it difficult to sleep for a while and he tries to think of everything good and keep his mind positive. Wadee is continually worrying until Rashidi, the great African grey parrot, appears in front of him. What advice does she give Wadee? Does it help him? Will Wadee be able to sleep peacefully at night without worrying?

Wadee and the Worry Wakes by Dawn Doig is a wonderful story. Not only does it give a good message, but it also takes young readers into the African jungle and introduces them to the animals that live there in an entertaining way. Savannah Horton brings the story alive with her lively and colorful illustrations. The African savannah, the animals living there, the waterhole, sunset, and everything else associated with the savannah is palpable to readers through the bright illustrations. They also give clarity to the author's words and her message. Tutors and parents can use Wadee and this story to help children find peace within themselves. As the old African proverb says: ‘When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.’

Robert McLay

The magic of the savannah, and of overcoming fear

In my other life, I'm both a children's book author myself and a psychiatrist, so I can tell you this is definitely a book that deals with an issue that is very real to children -- how to deal with distressing dreams and worries. Wadee is a warthog who introduces us both the beauty of the savannah, illustrated with beautiful paintings, and with overcome fear. A good great for children of all ages.


Ethereal artwork and a thoughtful story

Wadee and the Worry Wakes is about a warthog with worries! The artwork is delightful and almost dreamlike with hints of the Lion King but dustier and in its own way, more beautiful. As I read children's stories from around the world I am reminded that a child's capacity to understand and deal with complex emotions is judged differently around the world - I write for Creole speaking children in Guyana who definitely experience life differently and grow up faster.
Therefore, I recommend this book as a 'journey' story to help children understand different feelings that are perhaps not mentioned so much in UK children's books. Definitely a book to enjoy and explore a child's emotional side along with appreciating the story.

Chinonso Ezuka

Wadee and the worry wakes Is a very colorfully illustrated book that endears children to the story line. This makes it very easy to transmit the lesson of the story to children. The book teaches how to handle emotions from within. The whole idea of the book on its own is a journey into the Savannah. I appreciate every sentence in this book. Dawn is such a brilliant author