Even Monsters Get Sick, by Busy Bee Studios, is a phenomenal early reading app and winner of multiple awards, including the Parent’s Choice Gold Award. It is a wonderful way, to not only teach kids that sometimes things go wrong in your body and need attention but to take a look at what another person may be experiencing. Kids don’t always recognize or know what is happening within themselves, to identify feeling sick, and sadly for some kids, feeling sick is baseline functioning for them. Things just happen, and when we experience illness, we are usually caught up in the tsunami of symptoms and of what to do - whether we need to see a Doctor or not. Created by Busy Bee Studios, this app explains the need for children to identify whether or not to pursue medical attention. Gurk, the monster, has a blazing infection that affects his daily functioning and so affects his ability to play. He is traded off because he isn’t fun, and then Ben – his new owner discovers the need for Gurk’s lethargy and need for attention, and pursues it. After he finds medical help, Gurk is able to play and be the champion for games and for children everywhere.
What a lovely book to teach what it is like being sick, looking deeper than the imagined or presented the role of a person, and knowing at a heart level that someone is worth the effort to help them overcome their afflictions.
I have read this book to children…most of them nonverbal and when sick, and there is always a positive response – from the child and their families. I applaud Busy Bee Studios for bravely telling this story. There are interactive pages as well to help kids heal Gurk and to foster social-emotional development and awareness of another’s experience. The illustrations and games are really hip and tailored to kids everywhere. Uncle Bob, Monster M.D., is a good guy to have as a contact for when things get bumpy with your little monster.
About the Author
Jo Booth has been an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years and currently works in Pediatrics with early intervention. She sees kids newly diagnosed on the spectrum as well as medically fragile kids. She loves to move, explore and play every day; so that "her kids" grow up to be healthy independent learners.