OFFICIAL SELECTION ~ 2013 Wibbly Wobblies That Live Inside My Tummy
By Kerri O’Callaghan (Australia) ~ This book describes the symptoms of OCD in the form of a children’s story, written from the perspective of Max, a young boy who has OCD.
Max’s intended audience is other children who have OCD and family and friends, who have also been touched by the difficulties associated with living with OCD. Max portrays OCD as a real illness and that with the right medical support and also love and care from family and friends, other sufferers can seek out help and find a reprieve from the wretched Wibbly Wobblies and their nasty tricks.
Living with OCD can be a debilitating experience. However, Max’s story is a true story of victory and triumph. It is a story of hope.
A true story based on the author’s personal experience of living with OCD.
Written from the perspective of Max, a young boy who has OCD, the book describes the symptoms of OCD in a way that other children can relate to. A touching narrative coupled with beautiful illustrations.
Max helps readers to understand the unwanted, intrusive and uncontrollable thoughts and images characteristic of OCD and explains the anxiety, fear and worry that these experiences cause him. He shares the irrational rituals and behaviours that he has developed to control his anxiety and portrays to readers how he feels compelled to practice these behaviours even though they are interfering with his life. Max then speaks of his journey to recovery as he takes the first step in sharing his experiences, therefore allowing family, friends and health professionals to help him learn ways to beat the Wibbly Wobblies and their nasty tricks! – Monique Phipps, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney Australia