Gloria's BIG Problem
About the Author & Illustrator
Gloria loves to sing, dance, and act in her bedroom, but not in public. No way. Gloria’s big problem makes sure of that, following her wherever she goes and constantly reminding her that she’s anxious and frightened, that she’s not good enough, and that everyone will laugh at her. Anxious Gloria worries all the time, about everything. Until, one day, Gloria summons all her courage to try out for a community theater production. She marches herself to the audition, and her big problem marches right in behind her. She gets up on stage, and her big problem takes a seat in the front row and starts to laugh at her. And then at last she yells “STOP!”, and her big problem shrinks to a little problem, and Gloria wins a part in the play.
The book accurately depicts the way that anxiety often makes some outlandish what-ifs seem very probable and small things seem just as devastating. It also makes the case for Gloria's family and friends to treat her needs seriously, and it emphasizes that although she sometimes feels "bonkers," she definitely isn't. In the collection of books that conceptualize mental conditions, this one respects the afflicted protagonist and politely insists that others should as well. Sensitive and emotionally realistic.
- Kirkus Reviews
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