Young children tend to have fears that may seem irrational to the adults around them. Since little ones still think in absolutes and black and white, it can be difficult to get past a fear without a some help. What a better way to learn to face fears than with playful books that walk through the problem-solving steps? The Fobie Friends series does just that.
The first book in the Fobie Friends series is “Did My Owl Just Growl?”, which tackles one of the most common childhood fears - the dark and going to bed. In Fobie Friends style the book introduces children to a character that could be just like them. The cartoon drawings bring the book to life and creates a scene children and adults will love. I absolutely love the drawing and coloring of the illustrations that make the world pop out of the book. The characters have no names, making it relatable to young and old across all cultures.
The boy in the story is afraid of the dark and the book dives right into the fear, bringing it to life. It touches on all the excuses kids make to get out of bed to avoid going to sleep. When I read this to my own kids I could feel them tense up as we read through the descriptions of what happens at night. My boys are pretty sensitive and I almost thought we wouldn’t make it through the book.
Then the bright side comes when our friend meets his Fobie Friend the Blue Owl, who was once afraid just like you. “He too was once small. In the woods he would roam. He got lost in the day with no way to his home.” Through the lessons our Fobie Friend has learned little ones learn that the night isn’t so bad and to look at the world through owl eyes. See what is positive instead of scarey. I was able to brainstorm with my kids about what they thought it meant and what they could do at night to conquer the dark too. After reading through “Did My Owl Just Growl?” my kids went to bed just a little better realizing the night isn’t so scarey.
To go along with the book, Fobie Friends has also creased a line of plush friends. The Blue owl comes in a large huggable size and a key fob size. I had received a small blue owl and he is so cute. This plush is nice and soft and has an endearing little face that kids love. I can see using him to snuggle up with the kids when they are having difficulties in the night as a reminder of the lessons blue owl teaches.
Every parent needs to get their hands on at least one Fobies Friends book as a tool to conquer those young childhood fears. “Did My Owl Just Growl?” is a great beginning to giving kids to work through difficulties in their lives. I would even recommend educators to have this as a tool for when children are expressing fears. Though this isn’t a book that would be out on the library shelves on a daily basis, it could come out when children are expressing their fears.
Note: I received a free copy of “Did My Owl Just Growl?”. All opinions expressed are my own.
Title: Did My Owl Just Growl?
Authors: Leslie & Brian Miller
Illustrator: Alessia Girasole