Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
When Worry Takes Hold by Liz Haske handles an interesting concept; that of worrying and how it can affect you and what needs to be done to break free from worrying. Maya was sleeping one night when the lights went out. Worry snuck into her mind. It grew so big in her mind that there was space only for darkness and fear inside her. Even when she went to school, Maya was nervous as Worry clouded everything. It followed her everywhere and she realized that Worry was going to stay in her life. Her parents started worrying about her Worry. Would Maya be able to get rid of her Worry? What happens later as the story progresses is uplifting and encouraging to all young readers who worry.
The story is educational, informative, and inspiring and it helps children of all ages to overcome their worrying thoughts and feelings in a positive manner. The illustrations breathe life into the author’s concept, giving it more clarity and energy. Maya’s character is real, relatable, and tangible to readers and the book will definitely help all parents, educators, counselors, and therapists who are trying to help children overcome worry. Books like this are a must-read as they handle a relevant topic beautifully and with suggestions on how to get over it in a good and positive way. Following Maya and how she gets rid of Worry and breaks free from its strangling grip gives hope to children and their parents who have been handling worrying issues in their lives.