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1st Edition

A Practical Guide for Managing Big Feelings and Hidden Fears

  • Available for pre-order on June 21, 2023. Item will ship after July 12, 2023
ISBN 9781032478944
July 12, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
112 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

To get the full Who’s Afraid of the Monster? experience, this book can be purchased alongside the storybook. Both books can be purchased together as a set: Who’s Afraid of the Monster: A Storybook and Guide for Managing Big Feelings and Hidden Fears, 978-1-032-33431-8.

A vital resource, this guide provides practical strategies to address children’s anxieties about real and hidden issues. Intended for use with the accompanying storybook, Who’s Afraid of the Monster?, which offers a child-friendly story in verse of a monster who nobody has seen or heard and a King who pretends to be brave but is very scared, this guide provides the theory behind, and offers practical solutions, to a variety of big feelings and hidden fears.

A companion guide for use by primary educators, support staff and all those working with children, the book is divided into three easy to follow parts. Part 1 presents the theory behind how and why big feelings in children arise and how creative art and drama can help. Part 2 contains activities and exercises with photocopiable instructions, as well as a list of resources for each activity and guidelines for safe working. Part 3 offers further activities and ways in which to exploit the story such as discussion points, plays and models.

Underpinned by substantiated theory into the stages of children’s emotional development, it offers realistic solutions for parents, carers, teachers and classroom assistants who simply do not have the time or resources to attend to their children’s very real but hard-to-verbalise fears.

Table of Contents

Part One

Why this Book now

How to use this Book

Resources and Materials

Why Creative Art and Drama Activities

The Value of Metaphor

What happens in Children’s Brains

Helping the Child Manage Big Feelings

Stages of Emotional Development

Emotional Development and Abstract Fear

Externalising and Witnessing

The Importance of Ritual

Part Two

Big Feelings List

Assessment Activities

Big Feelings and Happiness Box

Techniques Used


Candle Breathing

Saucepan Breathing

Robot Doll Mime

Volcano Mime

Volcano Discussion

Jack-in-the-Box Mime

Angry Monster Drawing

About Me Book


Golden String Breathing

Belly Breathing

Warrior Pose

Lion Pose

Tree Pose

Worry Doll Drawing

Safe Place Drawing

Go Worry Rhyme

Bad Dream Storyboard

Pink and Blue Room Discussion

Part Three

Ideas for Discussion

Ideas for Enactment





Freeze Frames

Speaking from Role




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Penny McFarlane works as a clinical supervisor and trainer for counsellors and arts therapists. Formerly a mainstream teacher, she qualified as a dramatherapist and then spent 25 years bringing dramatherapy into education.

Rebecca Jarvis graduated with a first class BA(Hons) in Illustration at University of Plymouth, UK.