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William Wobbly and the Mysterious Holey Jumper


From the Cover of William Wobbly and the Mysterious Holey Jumper by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies:

“William Wobbly is having lots of wobbly feelings one morning, but his mum is too busy to notice.
William Wobbly’s worries worsen when he notices changes at school. ‘Where’s my real teacher?!’ he wonders. He hides under his desk and he chews holes into his jumper, but even that doesn’t take the wobbly feelings away. Luckily, his mum is there to help him cope when he’s afraid.”



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 and directly deals with the topic of anxiety which could quickly come over a child from a traumatic background.

The illustrations in this book are adequate for communicating the concepts and ideas – the book notes that the illustrations have been deliberately left simple to help children focus on the story. The pictures should keep your child engaged throughout the story.

This story is the second tale the authors have created with this boy being the main character [find the other story here]. As in the first book this story involves William Wobbly, a boy who seems to be quickly overwhelmed by sensory input and strange surroundings.

The second tale seems to center around activities happening as William gets ready for and attends school. William’s day seems to be very busy and his anxious feelings begin to build throughout the day until he hides from the teacher at school.

This story seems to include a true picture of the typical day in the life of a foster or adoptive kiddo. The building of William’s anxiety also seems to be true to life and an issue that other children will be able to relate to. The story also relates various coping techniques which the adoptive mom employees to help William and can be used by caregivers in real life. It is noted also that there is a short message to caregivers in the back of the book to help them grow and become better at meeting children where they are at.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. What made the wobbly feeling get bigger for William?
  2. Why was he nervous about his teacher?
  3. How did his mum make him feel better?
  4. Some noises make William feel wobbly and nervous. What kinds of noises make you feel wobbly?
  5. How does your mum or dad make you feel safe/better?


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