Bailey Beats The Blah


Author: Karen Tyrrell

Illustrator: Aaron Pocock

Publisher: indie published (Digital Future Press)

ISBN: 9780987274045

SquiggleMum’s comments:

Bailey feels blah. He doesn’t like school, doesn’t have any friends, and as a result – his tummy doesn’t feel so good either. But when Bailey befriends the new kid at school, things start to look up.

This is a very useful book for discussing issues around emotional health and wellness, including sadness, depression, resilience, and coping strategies. It is not a book that will get the “read-it-again” response from most children, but I’ve given it 4 stars because of its potential for practical application. Bailey Beats The Blah is aligned with Kids Matter, national education curriculum and supported by Kids Help Line.

Bailey Beats the Blah is available from Amazon and  Teacher’s notes and student activities are also available.

Recommended for:

  • Lower Primary
  • Building emotional resilience
  • Discussing depression
  • Role play


squigglemum 4stars

* I received “Bailey Beats the Blah” compliments of Karen Tyrrell. No payment was received for this review.  All opinions are my own, though some copy in this review was included at the author’s request. 


This review is part of a blog tour:

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12 thoughts on “Bailey Beats The Blah

  1. Thanks Catherine for your review highlighting Bailey’s usefulness in building emotional resilience and discussing depression.
    What dd you think of the FREE children’s activities including puppets, jigsaws, dot-to-dot as well as activities that springboard higher level reasoning and discussion? … Karen :)

  2. It is great to have another children,s book that highlights a big issue for many kids and their families today. Thanks karen for putting such a misunderstood topic out there to inform and help understand it.

    1. Hi Brenda, Thrilled to find you here.
      I appreciate your comment and the recognition of the need for books like Bailey to support Children and their families … Karen :)

  3. I have a little worrier – he’s 9, in grade 4 and an advanced reader. From your comments, would this be good for him too?

    I’m hoping to win a copy for him :)

  4. As a Child and Youth Worker and Mental Health Speaker, I am always excited to discover resources to help children develop increased resiliency, mental wellness and understanding. This sounds like a wonderful book! Looking forward to reading it someday and using it in classroom settings and one-on-one!

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