Harriet's Monster Diary: Awfully Anxious (But I Squish It, Big Time)
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About the Author
Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, a developmental and behavioral pediatrician, is the director of the Melmed Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, and co-founder and medical director of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center. He is the author of Autism: Early Intervention; Autism and the Extended Family; and a series of books on mindfulness for children: Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks, Timmy's Monster Diary: Screen Time Stress, Harriet's Monster Diary: Awfully Anxious, Marvin's Monster Diary 2 (+Lyssa): ADHD Emotion Explosion, Marvin's Monster Diary 3: Trouble with Friends (But I Get By, Big Time!), and the next in the series, and Marvin's Monster Diary 4: Bullying.
S.E. Abramson graduated from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a BA in English. She lives in south-central Pennsylvania with her family. Harriet's Monster Diary is her literary debut. She enjoys writing, video games, and anthroponomastics.
Arief Kriembonga is a children's and comic book illustrator, a UI/UX and graphic designer, and a single-origin coffee connoisseur who lives with his wife and one beloved daughter in Jakarta, Indonesia.
"Ari is plagued by catastrophic thinking and nightmares until her friends Marvin and Timmy, each of whom tackled their own troubles in previous Monster Diaries (ADHD and screen addiction, respectively), offer to help her with ST4 strategies, or STOP: Take Time To Think. The book emulates a Diary of a Wimpy Kid design, with lined pages, faux hand-printed typeface, and kidlike line drawings. Helpful backmatter includes a parents' guide with activities for alleviating stress and anxiety in children and instructions on how to use co-author Melmed's ST4 program. A wide array of monster types populates Ari's world. There are clues that Ari's loving family is Jewish: Bobbe (her grandmother) is similar to the Yiddish Bubbe, and Harriet's nickname, "Ari," means lion in Hebrew; immigrant Bobbe is possibly Polish (she makes a lot of borscht, or in their case, roarscht, and pierogis). Readers who experience anxiety will undoubtedly identify with--and hopefully find comfort in--Ari's story. (Fantasy. 7-11)"