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It's So Difficult
Written and illustrated by Raúl Nieto Guridi
Translated by Lawrence Schimel

Ages 5-9
HARDCOVER; Published: 3/1/2022
ISBN: 978-0-8028-5584-8
Price: $ 17.99
40 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 7.875 x 10.66
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A school day can be so overwhelming: so many people, so many noises, so many things to remember. Grown-ups say it’ll get easier with time, but even saying hello is incredibly hard. Thank goodness for comforts like math, for anything that can relax a restless mind. Maybe this time a few words will come out at last…

An empathetic look at anxiety and overstimulation, It’s So Difficult follows a child throughout the challenging routines of a single day. Even the smallest step forward can be an enormous triumph. 


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Foreword Reviews
“Capturing anxiety via illustrative spreads that move from claustrophobic blurs to stark, dizzy sketches, this sympathetic picture book walks children through a typical day for a boy who’s afflicted by dread.”
The Horn Book Magazine
“Reminiscent of Yashima’s Crow Boy, the book, with its flat text and uncomfortable, jarring art, makes a powerful impact.”
School Library Journal
“Ideal for the SEL shelves, this book offers a thought-provoking story that gives a voice to children, on the spectrum or not, who experience social anxiety. It also encourages even the smallest victories.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Through-out, scratchy outlines and mixed-media art foregrounds evoke the figure’s encounters, as in the much-reproduced image of one open-mouthed, speaking face expressing a relentless barrage of sound, making for a perceptive portrait of one child’s experience.”