Charley Chatty and the Wiggly Worry Worm – Book Review


From the Cover of Charley Chatty And The Wiggly Worry Worm: A Story about Insecurity and Attention Seeking by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies:

Charley talks so much that her mouth gets dry but there’s just so much to say!

“Why is the pavement brown?”

“I have got two shoes. Everyone has two shoes.”

“I can hear the radio. Who is on the radio? Why is there a button on the radio?”

Sometimes, Charley’s imagination takes over and she tells stories about things that didn’t really happen. She doesn’t mean to but she likes how it makes her feel important and the wiggly worry worm inside her tummy goes away.

Written by a mum who understands, and her daughter (who also liked to tell tales), this is a story for children functioning at age 3-10.



Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

The target audience for this book appears to be for foster or adoptive families. The book also appears to be written for kids ages 3- 10 but you might possibly get away with ready to children all the way up to 13.

The illustrations in this book are adequate for communicating the concepts and ideas. They are not as high quality as other illustrated books we have reviewed but they do get the job done.

This book is about a little girl named Charley, who seems to have been adopted along with her siblings. The story focuses on Charley’s specific issue of talking too much because it makes her forget her anxiousness about past trauma – the book calls this her “wiggly worry worm.” The book seems to do a great job showing the reader why Charley feels the need to talk all the time, how other families members feel due to the excessive talking and how a caring adult can handle the situation.

It would appear that this book would be ideal for a caregiver and child to read together as it seems to open up the doors to begin a healthy conversation about issues and past trauma. There is also a short parents’ guide in the back of the book to make caregivers better informed on this issue and how to handle it.

Overall, this book seems to be a great tool for parents to utilize. Not only does it allow for healthy conversation with your child but it gives you new and fun vocabulary to use with your child – wiggly worry worm.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. How did Charley’s sister, Sophie, feel about all the chatting?
  2. What did the wiggly worry worm do to Charley’s story?
  3. How could Charley make the worry worm smaller?
  4. What does your worry worm make you think about?


Written by
Co-founder of Transfiguring Adoption. A husband and father of four adopted children. Darren is a dynamic graphic artist and social media manager. He is an avid fan of the Harry Potter series and a lover of coffee. Twitter: LinkedIn: Facebook: Instagram: @darren_fink

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