Go Away, Worry Monster!

USD $18.99

Worry Monster loves ‘helping’ Archie worry, especially the night before he starts his new school. Archie feels so anxious that his head hurts, his tummy flutters and his heart pounds. He soon realises that the only way to feel better is to make Worry Monster go away. He does his belly breaths and challenges his inner fears by facing facts. Go Away, Worry Monster!  gives children useful strategies to cope with their anxieties and stress, showing them how to make their own Worry Monsters leave.



Shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Award for New Illustrator of the Year 2021

CBCA Judge’s Critique: ‘rich and textured drawings support the minimal text and create a colourful worry monster; a quirky version of a dragon with a sock on its head…. [The] illustrations are confident and well considered and will help readers relate to this story.’



Specifications: 9781925820393 | Hardback | 245 x 255 mm / 9.5 x 10 inches | 32 pages | Colour

Teacher Librarian Janet “With so much going on in children’s lives with a pandemic that goes on and on, worries about their loved ones and much more – the worry monster can teach us all to reign in our thoughts and take control.”

What Book Next?
Go Away, Worry Monster uses tried and true strategies currently used by psychologists to assist children in putting aside their anxiety, worries and fears. This Hardback picture book is a non-confronting way to approach any worries a small child may have about new situations in school or at home.” Click here to read more

The Corner On Character 
“…children will relate to his worry correlating with the Monster getting bigger and bigger; it’s a very real conflict, especially since “he’s a big boy now” and he wants to be able to take care of this problem himself.” Click here to read more

Karen Tyrell – reviewed on YouTube
“helps kids to identify symptoms of anxiety and strategies on how to overcome anxiety”  Click here to view

My Child
“Gives children evidence-based strategies to cope with anxiety. This invaluable resource is an excellent spring board for discussions with children who are experiencing worry.”

Direct Advice For Dads Podcast

The Juggling Act by Kidspot

New Zealand Association of Counsellors Newsletter; Reviewed by counsellor Celia King
Children who worry or are anxious will be encouraged to see the boy’s resilience and confidence grow. It provides an opportunity for counsellors to discuss similar strategies that a child may use.

Narrative therapy and CBT are combined beautifully in easy-to-understand language where the main character moves from being afraid, to using coping skills and strategies that make him assertive and able to make the Worry Monster go away.

New Zealand Association of Counsellors magazine
Author Brooke Graham uses a narrative externalising technique to show how ‘Worry Monster’ gets Archie
to worry.

Archie uses the strategies his mother taught him to shrink the Worry Monster – deep, slow breaths,
telling Worry Monster why he doesn’t need to worry, ignoring it and distracting himself.

Delightful, colourful and imaginative illustrations support the concepts effectively, depicting the
worry monster growing bigger and then smaller as the story progresses. There is much for readers to
look for as the characters show a progression of emotions and responses throughout the story.

Counsellors will find this book particularly helpful to use with 4 – 9-year-olds who are struggling with

My Child
“Gives children evidence-based strategies to cope with anxiety. This invaluable resource is an excellent spring board for discussions with children who are experiencing worry”

What’s Up Downunder
“If you have a child, or grandchild, who worries this is the book for you” Click here to read in full

Kids’ Book Review
“Children will relate to Archie, and the story by Brooke Graham incorporates useful simple techniques for managing stress and anxiety, and shows children that they are not alone in having worries.” Click here to read

Bottom Shelf Edu Blog
“Worry Monsters have been out and about all this year, not just before big events like starting school and any stories that help our littlies develop strategies to send them on their way are welcome.  This one is beautifully written and illustrated and any child could put themselves in Archie’s pyjamas and feel empowered.” Click here to read

Blue Wolf Reviews 
“As a subliminal element many parents reading this out loud will also engage with the simple and yet effective methods of learning to cope with new and unexpected things in their children’s lives” Click here to read in full

Brooke interviewed by QT and piece syndicated to Courier Mail
“Motivated to equip young children with tactics to navigate anxiety, the Ipswich schoolteacher created a picture book in which the “worry monster” embodies irrational fear. The protagonist defeats the monster – anxiety – by using the same techniques Charlotte learned from a counsellor to manage her anxiety.” Click here to read in full 

ABC Darwin
“gives children useful strategies to cope (with anxiety).”

“Blending rich illustrations with uplifting text, Go Away, Worry Monster! is bound to become a beloved childhood volume. The story is awash with superb strategies to help kids cope with stressful situations, and supports youngsters as they seek out their own inner strength.” Click here to read in full

Byron Bay Bibliotherapy
“It can be hard to find a picture book about anxiety that appeals to kids and isn’t too much like a self-help manual. Go Away, Worry Monster! is highly recommended for anyone dealing personally or professionally with anxious kids.” Click here to read more

Magic 89.9 interview –

“an incredible picture book”

Go Away, Worry Monster! Author Brooke Graham on The Morning Mashup

With so much going on in the world that is beyond every kids control, there is a newly released picture book, Go Away, Worry Monster! and it’s a timely reminder that there are lots of things kids can do to send their worry monster packing! Go Away, Worry Monster!

picturebooking –  A Message from Brooke Graham


How my daughter made her worries go away

When Charlotte was little I used to joke with my husband, Wade saying how could we-two introverted people create such a blithe and gregarious child? At only four years of age our daughter delighted in dancing on stage, was obsessed with putting on ‘shows’ and was utterly fearless.

The Australian Writers’ Centre

AWC alumna Brooke Graham’s debut picture book helps kids with anxiety | Australian Writers’ Centre blog

AWC courses completed: Writing Picture Books Writing Picture Books Masterclass How to Write for Children and Young Adults Build Your Author Platform As a mum and a primary school teacher, Brooke Graham knew the value of good children’s books. Reading to kids was one of the most enjoyable parts of her job.