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Book: Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka: How Play Therapy Can Help Children with Depression
Author: Amy Wilinski-Lyman
Illustrator: Leela J. Green
Publisher: Loving Healing Press, 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1615995424 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1615995420 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1615995417 Paperback
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 5 – 7
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Category: Children’s book
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Lyman, Amy Wilinski. Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka: How Play Therapy Can Help Children with Depression (Published in 2020 by Loving Healing Press, 5145 Pontiac Trail, Ann Arbor, MI 48105). Do you know what a quokka (rhymes with “rocka) is? Lucky G is a colorful, spunky raven with a Ph.D. who is a therapist, helping “animals when things get tough by listening to them when life gets rough.” He flies to Australia to visit his emu friend Drew who lives in a zoo. While there, Lucky encounters a quokka named Blue who, instead of being happy and happy as quokkas usually are, is sad all the time. Why is Blue so sad? What can Lucky do to help him feel better? Will Blue ever be able to come out of his depression?
Lucky G and the Melancholy Quokka, the second installment in the “Lucky G” book series, is a truly delightful and wonderfully illustrated book that is aimed at children who have depression and their parents. It will grab the readers’ attention from the very beginning and take them on a hopeful journey. The well written, rhyming story by author Amy Wilinski-Lyman makes the concept of play therapy accessible to children and parents, while the whimsical illustrations by Leela Green make this book a visual treat for all ages. It will be a helpful tool for kids to fight the stigma against depression by reassuring them that lots of kids and adults too feel depression as well. In addition, it is informative about Australia and some of its animals.