Upside-Down Friday

USD $18.99

Hugo the monkey doesn’t like Upside-Down Fridays. His routine is the wrong way round, and school is a scary place full of uncertainty. However, with just a small gesture of friendship and understanding from Maddie the giraffe, Hugo begins to feel braver.

Upside-Down Friday reflects how helping others and accepting change can reduce childhood anxiety. With its emotive language and unique ‘upside-down’ illustrations, it is the perfect resource for building emotional resilience in children.



Specifications: 9781925820850 | Hardback | 245 x 255mm / 9.5 x 10 in | 32 pages | Full Colour

Young children’s lives are full of big, scary changes. Help them to build emotional resilience, and find the fun in days that don’t go to plan!

Hugo hates Fridays…

“Hugo didn’t want to get ready for Friday. Friday had no fruit break. Friday had lunchtime at morning teatime. Friday had morning teatime at lunchtime.

‘Friday is all wrong and upside-down,’ cried Hugo. ‘I know it’s a big change. That’s why the teachers call it Upside-Down Friday,’ said Mama. ‘Remember, it’s only once a week to fit in sport,’ she added.”



Embrace the topsy-turvy

It can be hard for children to embrace the changes in their lives, but sometimes all it takes is a good friend and some kind words. Maggie the Giraffe offers Hugo support when he is feeling scared and shows him that Upside-Down doesn’t always mean wrong, sometimes a change in routine can even be fun.





This story will resonate with all preschoolers and lower primary-aged children who feel nervous about change. The emotive language and unique ‘upside-down’ illustrations make Upside-Down Friday relatable, immersive and accessible; an excellent resource for opening conversations about anxiety and teaching strategies to cope with it.

Teacher’s Notes are available here


Lana Spasevski is a children’s author who writes stories that tap into the curious world of children.
Find more EK Books by Lana here

Nicky Johnston is an educator, speaker and author/illustrator of children’s books.
Find more EK Books by Nicky here



A good story and a great resource for anyone who has small, anxious people in their circles.

The Space magazine (ECC)
Dealing with change is difficult for all of us, but little Hugo is having an especially tough time- it’s upside-down Friday at school. All his classes and breaks are different because its sports day but luckily, he finds a friend who helps him feel calm and enjoy the day anyway. A sweet little story of friendship overcoming anxiety. 

Reading Time

“A relatable story for young and old about the importance of emotional wellbeing … and a useful resource to help guide children through anxiety when things don’t go according to plan” Click here to read in full

“We all need a plan to deal with a bad day. Hugo hates upside-down Fridays but with friends, he finds a way to cope. Very appealing illustrations with a gentle palette.”

Polly, This Enchanted Pixie
“a wonderful book to use to talk to your kiddos about change, and how it makes them feel.” Click here for the full review.

The Bottom Shelf
“For those who can adapt easily to change, it is often difficult to understand the anxiety of those who can’t, so as well as supporting the routine-dependent by acknowledging their problem, this gentle story helps the others understand.” Click here for the full review.

Blue Wolf Reviews 
“a beautiful story with cheeky watercolour illustrations … based around building emotional resilience by facing the ‘butterflies in your stomach’ Hugo  learns that even though sometimes things are different and a little bit scary, once you try, somehow everything comes out right side up..” Click here for the full review.

Love Four Learning
“As a former teacher and parent, I really appreciated a common childhood anxiety being covered in this cute story about facing fears and building resilience.” Click here for the full review.

Can You Tell Me A Story
“there are so many parents who will be able to relate to this delightful book” Click here for the full review.

Buzz Words
“a wonderful book for both parents and teachers to explore adapting to change” Click here for the full review.

Kids’ Book Review
“The stunning illustrations by the talented Nicki Johnston make the story float. Her perfect choice of delicate colours and the use of animals as characters, adorn the pages with expressive images, whether upside-down or right-side-up.” Click here for the full review.

OH Creative Day
“This is a clever book about how school timetables are all over the place on Fridays and how this can be hard for little ones who like routine.”

Barbara Gruener, Corner on Character
“This newcomer from EK Books is SO totally relatable; who among us hasn’t felt a touch of anxiety or angst when we’re knocked out of our rituals or routines?” Click here for the full review.

Swings and Roundabouts magazine (ECC)
“The characters are likeable with Hugo’s emotions being relatable to young listeners alongside the illustrations, which together will support children’s understanding of their emotions and some strategies in coping with change.”