Wednesday 25 October 2023

Your Head’s Not the Place to Store Problems

Your Head’s Not the Place to Store Problems by Josh Pyke (Scholastic), RRP $26.99 Picture Book ISBN 9-781761-293023

Reviewed by Susan Hancy

Your Head’s Not the Place to Store Problems handles a serious and important topic in a language and format that is appropriate for helping our little humans work through what can sometimes be big worries. The beautifully flowing rhyme by Josh Pyke is perfectly complimented and brought to life with zany pictures by Stephen Michael King to produce an end product that would make Dr Seuss proud.


The story is about “a friend with a normal-sized brain that at times seems too small for the thoughts it contains.” Travelling through the pages we can see that a dog and a dragon, who are clearly mates, have too many things in their heads. The things they’re trying to carry are falling out, they’re weighing them down and making them drown. When the advice comes to set those things free, we see the things floating away and the dog and dragon become instantly lighter and more joyous. Even though the problems are still visible in the air and don’t simply disappear, “they’ll become things to learn from, not simply to fear.”


My son and daughter both gave this book a big thumbs up. The images of getting your worries out into the air by speaking to them has made an impression, so I give it a big thumbs up as well.

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