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The Huge Bag of Worries

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Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching TV, and even when she is in the lavatory. Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can help her?

The Huge Bag of Worries was written by Virginia Ironside, one of Britain's leading agony aunts, and has sold 140k copies to date.

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Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 28th 2011 by Hachette Children's (first published June 30th 1998)
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Nyla
Oct 07, 2011 Nyla rated it it was amazing
Wherever Jenny goes, she finds that her worried follow her in a big blue bag. It follows her EVERYWHERE she goes and before she realises the bag is full of them and when she tries to get rid of them, they keep coming back to her! Jenny finds that she cannot get anyone to understand her worries, until she meets her friendly old neighbour on the street. She opens Jenny’s bag of worries and they both find that some of the worries she had just disappeared whilst others were dealt with and Jenny was ...more
Angela
Jan 15, 2013 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a story about a girl named Jenny. Jenny has a dog named Loftus. Initially all is well in Jenny's life and then things start to worry her. Loftus gets flees, Jenny starts getting bad marks in school, she thinks people are saying mean things about her behind her back, and her best friend is moving away. Her problems and worries build up. She tries talking to her brother about it but that doesn't help and she doesn't feel like she can talk to her mum and dad about it. Her dad has enough wor ...more
Adele Last
This story is about a little girl who carries her worries with her everywhere she goes. These worries include her pet dog having fleas; that she was getting too fat and that her best friend was moving away. Throughout the story the reader sees the little girl’s bag becoming larger and heavier as it is filled with more and more worries. Nearing the end of the story the bag is so big the young girl can no longer carry it with her but she refuses to let anyone see inside as she believed that so ope ...more
Louise O'neill
Jan 15, 2014 Louise O'neill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Huge Bag of Worries (Big Books)
By Virginia Ironside

The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside is a unique, thought-provoking book which addresses the ever evident, “elephant in the room”, WORRY! With eye catching illustrations, humorous language and the use of a blue bag as a metaphor for the human mind Ironside sensitively addresses the issue of worries young people may have.

The book begins with a happy, young, girl Jenny who has a loving family, a pet and a best friend at school but due
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Kim Cerri
Feb 17, 2014 Kim Cerri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The huge bag of worries is a great book for young children. It is about a young girl called Jenny, who seemingly has everything just perfect. However, she doesn't feel this is the case. She worries about everything. Eventually, a huge bag of worries appeared and Jenny had to carry this bag around with her everywhere. She tried losing it, throwing it away, but everything she tried it just kept on coming back and getting bigger and bigger. Jenny thought she would always have to live with her bag o ...more
Sian
Mar 19, 2014 Sian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good starting point to encourage children to discuss their anxieties and fears. It may also help children to realise that many children suffer with anxiety.
This story involves a child names Jenny who carries around her worries in a big bag until she is eventually encouraged to share them.
I would recommend to use this book with younger children to address children who may be suffering with anxiety but also as a general discussion point that anxiety is an emotion that lots of peopl
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Claire Conlon
May 07, 2012 Claire Conlon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jenny is a little girl with the weight of the world on her shoulders. I loved this story because it was a story that I was able to relate to and I think a lot of children would be able to relate to the story too. Virginia Ironside has written an excellent book with fantastic illustrations that helps makes the story accessible to even more children. The story uses repetition which helps keep the children hooked to the story as the bag get ‘bigger’ and ‘bigger’ with even more worries. Although Jen ...more
Danny Marshall
May 09, 2012 Danny Marshall rated it it was amazing
The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside

This is a great child-friendly take on things that we worry about. It covers worries such as getting fat, friends moving away, parents arguing and getting bad marks at school. The author presents all these worries as little creatures in a big bag that follows Jenny everywhere she goes.

She asks people to help, who are all too busy and her best friend tries to help her lock them away in a cupboard but evidently they escape! Then one day Jenny is sitting
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Mehzabein
Virginia Ironside writes a good story of a little girl called Jenny who feels she has the worlds worries on her shoulders. With large, colourful illustrations and funny little characters as her worries, they are sure to make children laugh. The story itself is an interesting read, with the target audience being year 3,4 children and could possibly link in with RE aspects of the curriculum such as circle time: where children could take turns talking about some of their worries. Repetition within ...more
Ross Oates
Oct 28, 2011 Ross Oates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside is a picture book about a little girl who wakes up one day with a bag of worries beside her. She feels that she is unable to tell anyone about her worries and the bag of worries gets bigger and bigger. She tries everything she can think of to get rid of the bag but eventually gets upset and starts to cry. A lady sees the little girl and asks what’s up with her. The lady opens the bag and takes the worries out one by one. The little girl feels much bet ...more
Fatheha Begum
Jan 18, 2013 Fatheha Begum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the story of a little girl who “had always been happy”, but wakes up one day with a bag of worries beside her. These worries include all kinds of things, from her best friend going away to nuclear war. Her problem is that she feels unable to tell anyone what is wrong. no one would listen to her or giver her good advice. Eventually a kind old lady helps her see her worries for what they are and deal with them in a simple but effective way. the book has very good pictures and attem ...more
Patrick Coman
The Huge Bag of Worries is a book by Virginia Ironside.
"The Huge Bag of Worries" relates the simple story of a little girl who finds she is carrying an ever growing 'bag of worries'. She tries to think of ways to reduce her load but finds that everyone she wants to talk to about her 'bag' has so many of their own worries that she doesn't want to burden them further. Finally her Grandmother notices her growing 'bag of worries' and they work through her worries together. The girl finds there are l
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Karl A
Jun 25, 2012 Karl A rated it it was amazing
The Huge Bag of Worries is a story of a little girl called Jenny who finds she is carrying an ever growing 'bag of worries'. She tries to think of ways to reduce her load but finds that everyone she wants to talk to about her 'bag' has so many of their own worries that she doesn't want to burden them further. Finally an old lady notices her growing 'bag of worries' and they work through her worries together. The girl finds there are lots of different ways of dealing with or sharing worries and f ...more
u1124876 UEL
Oct 10, 2011 u1124876 UEL rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We were introduced to The Huge Bag of Worries which was written by Virginia Ironside and Frank Rodgers by Barbara Todd during a RE/PSHE lesson last week. I was impressed with both the story and the illustrations. I enjoyed the way worries are personified and at one point in the story they are just blown away by the lovely older woman. The book has very nice, thought provoking imagery.

I like the way that Barbara read it out to the class and asked big open questions about the heroine and she asked
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Steven
Apr 04, 2012 Steven rated it liked it
I really enjoyed ‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ by Virginia Ironside. I feel there is massive room in the market for books of this nature, with a strong message helping children deal with life and putting issues into context.

This book is about Jenny, a young girl that, like many children, can’t stop worrying. In a very pleasant and slightly humorous way the story helps children deal with this issue and lets them know that it is OK to worry and that they are not alone in dealing with things. Besides
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Aszerina
This book tells the story about a young girl who feels worried but didn't want to share her worries with anyone else and so her 'bag of worries' becomes bigger and bigger and follows her everywhere and gets in the way of her doing things. This story does have a happy ending that I don't want to spoil. But I believe with the context of this book and the detailed pictures it is a great book which most children will be able to relate to. As it is a great discussion starter about the issues that eff ...more
Sarah
Oct 06, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved loved loved this book!!! i have come across it two or 3 times now, and it just has a lovely feel to it. It begins with a little girl called jenny, from the beginning she tells how she has so many worries, so much in fact that one day a HUGE bag of worries begin to follow her everywhere...she tries speaking to her parents about her worries but it doesnt work. The message in the story basically mean, "a problem shared, is a problem halved" that it not always a good idea to keep everything bo ...more
Aleha Begum
May 10, 2012 Aleha Begum rated it it was amazing
This is about a little girl who finds she is carrying an ever growing 'bag of worries'. She tries to think of ways to reduce her worries but realises that everyone has their own 'bag of worries'. Finally her Grandmother notices her bag and they work through her worries together. This is a very good book for children to understand how to deal with different stresses and emotions in life and that everyone goes through these and they are not the only one. It would be great to use this book in KS1 d ...more
William O
Oct 27, 2011 William O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book could be very useful in the classroom especially for a subject like RE which can be linked to feelings we have and how to deal with them. The book centres on a girl with a "bag" of worries that gets bigger and bigger as she struggles to deal with them. Whether she is afraid to tell her family or not taken seriously her bag of worries will not go away until finally she confides in the right person and her worries are sorted. The story tells us we should share our feelings and talk about ...more
Rumena Khatun
May 10, 2012 Rumena Khatun rated it really liked it
Jenny is a child with a normal life; she has a mum and dad, friends and a home. Yet Jenny cannot help feeling down and suddenly wakes up with a huge bag of worries. The bag follows her everywhere and she cannot seem to get rid of it. When Jenny finally talks about her worries they disappear. This is a touching story for children who may be feeling alone and have worries of their own. It shows how Jenny’s troubles disappeared after sharing her problems with someone which encourages children to d ...more
Zee Zahri
May 28, 2012 Zee Zahri rated it liked it
Beautifully illustrated and easy to read, but the moral may be better appreciated by children over 7. The book encourages children to discuss their concerns and not to allow things to bring them down to much, a very positive message told in a way that is not 'preaching' but instead encouraging and warm.
Joseph Skidmore
May 01, 2015 Joseph Skidmore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is about a little girl called Jenny, jenny has a lot of worries that she keeps in a bag. This bag only keeps getting bigger in size with the more worries she has and soon Jenny has a huge bag of worries that she has to keep around with her.

This book is really good at teaching children how to deal with their problems and how to cope with things that they may find worrying and how not to let these worries get the better of them.

In a classroom this book s best suited for Key Stage 1 child
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Katie Lennon
Oct 07, 2011 Katie Lennon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a little girl. She finds one day that she has so many worries they have started to pile up in a big bag and follow her everywhere! The little girl tries to get rid of the big bag of worries but it seems that there is no way to stop them from following her. It even looks as though the more she worries about the bag, the bigger the bag gets.

The little girl is at her wits end as she has tried everything she can think of to get rid of the bag. She gets upset and starts to cry. An
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Hannah
Jul 25, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This picture book tells the story of Jenny, a little girl who “had always been happy”, but wakes up one day with a bag of worries beside her. These worries include all kinds of things, from her best friend going away to nuclear war. Her problem is that she feels unable to tell anyone what is wrong. Her friend tells Jenny to hide it away – but that only makes things worse. Her brother claims he has no worries. Eventually a kind old lady helps her see her worries for what they are and deal with th ...more
Maria
Oct 06, 2011 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Huge Bag of Worries is an insightful, colourfully illustrated book by Virginia Ironside. The story revolves around a young girl called Jenny. Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching television, and even when she is in the toilet.
Jenny considers asking her brother or her parents to help her to get rid of the bag but thinks they will not take her seriously or have too many worries of their own. Her best frien
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Mohema Begum
Jan 28, 2013 Mohema Begum rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book describes how a young girl called Jenny carries her worries with her as she goes by her daily activities. She tried many different methods to try to get rid of her bag but nothing seemed to be working. She was reluctant to ask her family members for help as she thought that they had their own issues to deal with so she carried ‘the bag of issues’ around and it seemed to get bigger as the days went on. At the point where she had lost all hope, an elderly neighbour noticed a distressed Je ...more
Emma Butler
May 10, 2012 Emma Butler rated it it was amazing
The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside is a fantastic story with colourful illustrations. A good starting point in a lesson to encourage children to discuss their anxieties and fears.

Jenny has been worrying a lot lately, about a lot of different things. Then one day she discovers a huge bag of worries at the end of her bed, it begins to follow her everywhere. Jenny literally has the weight of the world on her shoulders as she carries this bag around with her. As her worries increase so do
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Laura
Sep 29, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is about a girl called Jenny, over a period of time she started collecting a bag (literally) of the different worries she had. This bag would follow her around everywhere she went and caused her to become very unhappy the more worries she collected.
I really like the concept of this story as children of all ages can relate to feeling worried about things, some in this actual story children may be able to relate to such as, jenny worries when her mum and dad have an argument or has wor
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Melissa Cooney
Apr 29, 2013 Melissa Cooney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘The Huge Bag of Worries’ by Virginia Ironside.
This book tells us the story of a young girl named Jenny, who although having always been happy, finds herself becoming increasingly worried. Among many things, Jenny worried "she was getting fat", “that loftus her dog had fleas”, and also worried “when her Mum and Dad had an argument”. As a result one day Jenny wakes to find a huge bag of worries. The bag followed her everywhere and as much as Jenny ignored it, or tried throwing it away it always
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Robbi
Feb 24, 2013 Robbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book by Virginia Ironside, is quite phenomenal. "The Huge Bag of Worries" is a story about a young girl called Jenny who "had always been happy", however one day she wakes up with a bunch of worries weighing on her shoulders. Her bag of worries grow and grow, and she tries to work out ways of reducing this heavy load she's carrying. However, she finds that everyone she wants to talk to, about her worries, have so many worries of their own- and she does not want to burden them further. Event ...more
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