Under Pressure by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and illustrated by Marie-Ève Tremblay is a children’s book that teaches about stress and mental illness. In my opinion, it’s one that should also be read with parents (either together or separately) depending on the age of the kid. I just feel as though there’s a lot to unpack from this book and not all children will be able to do so on their own.
From regular stress to panic attacks to PTSD to the fight or flight response, there’s so much useful knowledge in this book that even I learned from it. And I have a bachelors in Psychology. In a country where these sort of topics are not discussed nearly as often as they should be and some even stigmatized, books like this are immensely important for kids to have access to.
While this book is marketed as a children’s book and I would have been so incredibly grateful if I’d had something to put a name to all those panic attacks I couldn’t explain when I was nine-years-old, I do think the material is a little bit more geared to pre-teens. Anyone younger than eleven (and even then) would possibly need their parents to help them through learning about all of these things. But it’s still incredibly important for them to learn it. For that, I absolutely love this book.
I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.