Margo Thinks Twice

By Monica Arnaldo

From 3 to 7 | 32 pages

Margo is an imaginative, adventurous little girl who has just one problem — worry has found its way into her life. She sometimes feels nervous and uncomfortable, especially inside the wild world her imagination sometimes creates. Whenever her mom gives instructions, Margo’s mind turns the everyday advice into worries and worst-case scenarios. Mom tells Margo to be careful with the craft glue, and Margo imagines becoming stuck to all the furniture and decorations in her room. Mom advises Margo not to swing too high, and Margo envisions ending up on the roof.

Monica Arnaldo’s warm and inviting mixed-media artwork brings these flights of fancy to life, playing out Margo’s fears and highlighting her expressive face. Luckily, Margo’s mom comes up with an idea to ease her daughter’s anxieties and encourage her inventive spirit in a positive way. Careful readers will pick up on subtle hints throughout the book before the secret is revealed: Margo’s family adopts a pet dog! He’s energetic, friendly, clumsy, and messy—just the outlet she needs to snap out of her worries.
"Warm and winning." - Kirkus Reviews
"Truly captivating...quirky and cute...a fine new title by an author/illustrator who has a real knack for realistic portrayals of a child's psyche. A recommended purchase for any library." - School Library Journal
"Beautifully illustrated...perfect for anxious young readers." - Quill & Quire
"Little ones will easily identify with Margo's imagination and anxiety... A lighthearted story of overcoming anxiety." - Booklist
"This story reminds readers to be careful, but to still have fun. As the illustrations prove, most worries are silly and all in our head." - Resource Links
"A sweet story about not letting your imagination run too wild...a great book to share together. Highly Recommended." - Canadian Review of Materials
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