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William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day – Book Review


From the Cover of William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies:

“He didn’t want to go to school and when he got there things just got worse. The wobbly feeling got bigger and bigger and BIGGER until…

Something happened to William Wobbly when he was very little, which makes it hard for him to understand or control his feelings. Luckily, his new mum is here to help with his wobbly feelings.

Written by a mum who understands, and her daughter (who used to have a lot of wobbly feelings), this is a story for children functioning at age 3-10 who struggle with sensory overload.”



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.

The story follows a day in the life of William who is an adoptive boy whose senses get easily overwhelmed. Adoptive or foster children (especially those with sensory processing issues) will be able to relate to William’s day as it quickly spirals out of control.

This book seems to be a powerful tool for caregivers to read with their child as it will promote healthy conversation about sensory tantrums or outbursts with the child and caregiver. The tale shows not only how the adoptive boy, William, feels throughout the day BUT also gives a hint into how the adults in his life must feel during the outbursts. This book would even be beneficial for an educator to read as it will give some insight as to why a child may easily get overwhelmed in class and have a difficult time learning.

Finally, the book has a parent section in the back of the book to help caregivers to wrap their head around the issues in the book. There are practical suggestions that are written for the general populous’ comprehension and are quite powerful.

Transfiguring Adoption feels that this book would be a powerful tool in any foster or adoptive family’s nurturing toolbox.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. Why did William’s wobbly feeling get bigger?
  2. Did William want to push Alfie? Why did he do it?
  3. Did William want his feeling to go away or the teacher to go away?
  4. How did he feel sitting outside the school’s office?
  5. When do you have wobbly feelings?
  6. What do wobbly feelings feel like?
  7. How can your mom/dad help make wobbly feelings go away?


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