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Ruby’s Worry

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  466 ratings  ·  106 reviews
Paperback, 32 pages
Published July 18th 2018 by Bloomsbury Children's Books
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Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruby Finds a Worry is an excellent children's book that deals with anxiety. Ruby is a young child who develops a very small worry that slowly gets larger over time. It becomes so huge that it begins to overcrowd her happiness. At a park one day, she finds another child with a problem and feels compelled to speak to him. After talking with each other about their problems, they both begin to feel better.

My daughter and I both loved this book. It's such an important subject and will help children
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Tom Percival, the author and illustrator of Ruby’s Worry, taps in children’s emotional needs in his latest picture book, Ruby’s Worry. In today’s busy world, young children are presenting with anxiety issues and are often unable to discuss their worries. Tom Percival has recognised this and has composed a children’s picture book that opens up the vital channels of communication around this sensitive subject area.

Ruby’s Worry is about a typical little girl,
Julie Kirchner
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
I love that there are books popping up to normalize things that we struggle with, especially around the topic of mental health. These books are so important and necessary to help kids process their worries. This is a fantastic book.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book that Little Lisa really would have connected to.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I relate to Ruby hardcore. Growing up, I also used to think that I was the only one with these worries that wouldn't go away and I couldn't really talk about it because that just wasn't what you did.

I am loving all of the new children's books that deal with the topics of anxiety, depression, and just mental illness in general. Having books like this available will hopefully let the kids know that they aren't alone and that they can talk about the feelings they are having.
Kris Dersch
I love this. It's gentle, well-drawn, and I'd use it with a variety of ages. The worst thing to do with a worry about it and I love that Ruby finds her resolution in helping someone else. My anxious 5-year-old loved it.
One day Ruby gets a worry, and as time goes on the worry grows and grows until she can't focus on anything but the worry. Ruby thinks she's the only one with a worry until she meets she sees a boy at the park who also has a worry. And talking to him she discovers how to make her worry smaller.

For someone who struggles with anxiety and worries about things a lot, this book is such a great description of it. It does a great job of making it tangible and the imagery of the book is wonderful. I love
Villain E
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is great. Though I would recommend reading it to your child when they're actively worried about something, not before. The child in the story has an unspecified worry. The feeling of being worried is very accurately described. Ultimately she finds that talking about it helps make it manageable.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a chronic worrier, I love this story!
Elizabeth Majka
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A little girl finds a worry one day, and has to learn how to stop it from growing.
I like the message overall, but if someone came and sat next to me on a bench and started telling me all of their problems I'm pretty sure that would just add to my worries.
Alex Simkin
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Suitable for 3-7 year olds. This story shows the personification/embodiment of 'worry' as an increasingly-massive blob-scribble as Ruby, a little girl, becomes increasingly concerned about an unstated worry. She doesn't tell anybody about her worry, so it just gets bigger and bigger, and she feels worse and worse, until she stumbles across someone else, who is also worried about something. They talk to each other, then their respective worries shrink and Ruby goes back to normal. The story is ...more
Richa Kedia
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Simply love the book especially the illustrations are so unique and stunning that I can keep looking at them. The colors used are brilliant. Also the story is simple and can be appreciated by all age groups.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Adding Ruby’s Worry to my collection of titles that may help children address the reality of anxiety and fears that can be overwhelming. Similar to Jack’s Worry and Small Things but helpful to discuss how to handle/get rid of fears- by talking about them. Great for morning meetings/responsive classrooms. ...more
Ellie Matthews
This picturebook would be perfect for addressing emotions in a KS1 classroom. The physical image of a worry and the feelings that Ruby has when it arrives perfectly address how children can deal with this emotion, whilst reminding them that it is something that everyone experiences.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A most excellent book about anxiety and emotions, and how to work through them. Highly recommend!
Claire Powles
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Julia Jackson
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruby Finds a Worry is about a young girl named Ruby who loves her life. She loves to play, explore, and do a lot more things. One day though Ruby finds a worry. Although she tries to ignore it, the worry grows bigger and bigger until it's all she can think about, and she begins to think that it will be there forever, which makes her sad. One day Ruby meets a boy who also has a worry, and together they learn all about worries.

The overall theme of this book is talking about your hidden concerns.
Brightly-colored digital artwork complements a story that tackles a topic with which many readers will be familiar--worry. Like many of us, Ruby has a fairly calm and satisfying life. But one day, she stumbles upon a Worry, and things change for her. The Worry keeps growing and growing and threatens to take over her life, making it hard for her to enjoy anything. From a small, almost unnoticeable thing, the Worry overshadows everything, made even worse by her worrying. Fortunately for Ruby, she ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful story for introducing the concept of worries, and the concepts of how to talk about this. The most important lesson in this book is also the one I think most of the world needs reminded of: The only way to get rid of a worry, is to talk about it. Worrying about a worry, just makes it bigger. Ruby had a nice and happy life and never had a worry until it suddenly showed up one day. She doesn't know why, or how to get rid of it, and feels like she is the only person in the world ...more
Rachael Davis (Picture Book Perfect)
Ruby is perfectly happy until one day she finds a Worry at the end of her garden. The Worry follows her everywhere but no one else seems to be able to see it and even worse it is getting bigger! The Worry begins to stop Ruby from doing the things she loves and she becomes very unhappy. But when she stumbles across a boy at the park with a Worry of his own, she learns how to get rid of her Worry. A beautifully told and illustrated story with a simple but essential message at its core: a problem ...more
Sara Magnafichi
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Thank you to Bloomsbury Children's Books for providing a copy of of Ruby Finds a Worry to #collabookation reading group!. Who wouldn't love little Ruby? Like other children, and honestly adults as well, she realizes that she has a worry that continues to grow as time goes on, which only causes her to worry more. She tries to ignore it. She doesn't tell anyone about it. One day she looks over and sees a boy who looks like they may have a worry as well. The lesson of the story is that when we talk ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruby’s worry - Tom percival
A great pshe book to get children talking
A fantastic book for questioning and probing children’s understanding of basic inference and symbolism.
Use of colour to show how the worry made everything dark and sad.
Provides a visual representation to allow children to understand how a worry can become too much if it isn’t shared.
Highlights the importance of talk.
Could act as a good intro into mindfulness and meditation/ yoga - help to reduce mental health issues from a
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic story about dealing with anxiety and worries. Ruby doesn't know what to think when she first finds a Worry. She doesn't understand why no one else can see it and she doesn't want to talk about it. So the Worry grows and grows until she can't do the things she loves and it takes up so much space. When Ruby meets a boy in the park with a Worry of his own they both realize the best way to deal with worries of any kind or size is to talk about them. Ruby isn't worry free after--but once ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A story about a little girl named Ruby who "finds"a worry and while she tries to ignore it, it follows her around. As days go on, it continues to grow bigger. She tries to carry on with her normal life, but eventually the worry stops her from doing things that she loves. She wonders if it will stay with her forever...until one day she discovers that everyone has worries. She meets a sad boy, and as they begin to talk about their feelings, their worries shrink and eventually disappear.
I loved the
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really simple picture book about how to understand worries, how they become larger than necessary, how everyone has worries, how talking about them makes the worry grow smaller, and how even if you get rid of one worry, they will return now and again.

The "worry" is demonstrated by a small yellow circle that grows and grows and eventually it takes up the swing, the bus, her chair at school, the movie theater. Eventually she can't do anything without her worry bothering her. She meets a new
Raven Black
I like the illustrations and the concept is nice. however, since there are several books on the subject of worries and feelings, I think I would have loved this book much more had it come out earlier in the time frame of books of the feelings genre. Also, this would be a great larger/lap-sized board book. Yet, with that said, it is a delightful book about worries. (Slight spoiler) The worry is never named, just Ruby has a worry and it grows. But when she find the solution of getting rid of it, ...more
Lauren Green
One day Ruby notices that she has a worry. She does the worst thing you can do with a worry, worry about it! By the end of the book, Ruby learns that she is not the only one that has worries and that it is rather normal. Instead of worrying about it more, she realises that when she starts to talk about it he worries disappear and she can be herself again.

I really enjoyed the visual, accurate representation of the worry and how it might feel to a child. This book could possibly help children to
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Ruby has a worry, and no one else seems to notice. She tries to ignore it, but the longer she does, the bigger it gets! One day, Ruby sees a little boy who also has a worry, so she asks him about it, and his worry shrinks!

A cute, simple picture book to help children learn to talk about the things bothering them, I think I might have enjoyed it slightly more if it talked about a concrete worry and how talking about it helped, but I can see how the abstract might make it more useful for more
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Tom Percival writes and illustrates picture books (you know, for kids) as well as illustrating books written by other people. The most well known of these is probably the excellent Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy.

He grew up in a remote and beautiful part of South Shropshire. On reflection this seemed rather more remote than beautiful, owing to the fact that he lived in a small caravan
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