When you’re worried about your worries, you’ve got real problems.
Ralph Warthog worries. About everything. Day and night. His constant mantra is, “What if…?” One day, he declares he’s as brave as Mummy says he is when she asks him to gather berries. Of course, he doesn’t really believe it, and it’s not long before he’s besieged by a host of what if’s. Encountering a hedgehog, Ralph tearfully spills the beans. The hedgehog admits that it also knows a thing or two about worries and shares a helpful method for dealing with them. Pointing to assorted animals clustered nearby, the hedgehog enumerates some of their fears and anxieties. This puts things in perspective for Ralph, and he feels better, especially when the hedgehog advises it’s a good idea to share worries with friends. Afterward, Ralph asks the assembled animals’ aid in gathering berries; they agree and, additionally, guide him home. The story concludes with Ralph’s acknowledgment that it’s best to ask for help in worrisome times—or at least to talk about one’s worries at a berry feast, at which all his newfound animal pals are shown assembled. This sweet piece of bibliotherapy delivers uncomplicated, common-sense advice to young readers/listeners who may occasionally find themselves beset by troubling concerns. Cute, simple cartoons depict Ralph and company in a sympathetic, gently humorous, child-appealing light.
What, me worry? This gentle tale should help comfort young worry warthogs.
(Picture book. 3-7)
Pub Date: Oct. 1, 2020
Page Count: 36
Publisher: Starfish Bay
Review Posted Online: Sept. 1, 2020
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 2020