The Little Book of Big Feelings by Maureen ‘Marzi’ Wilson

Published by Adams Media

Synopsis:

From the author of the popular Introvert Doodles and Kind of Coping, Maureen “Marzi” Wilson is tackling all kinds of big feelings with over 175 relatable, supportive, and light-hearted comics in her signature style.

We’ve been conditioned to think that the most acceptable response to “How are you?” is, “I’m fine.” But our emotions are much more complicated than that! Sometimes we feel a little annoyed, or elated, or afraid. And you know, that’s okay!

In The Little Book of Big Feelings, Maureen “Marzi” Wilson takes us on a journey of self-acceptance and validation. After all, our emotions are only reactions to experiences that we can learn from; there’s no such thing as a “bad” emotion. It’s okay to be scared, it’s alright to feel hopeful, and it’s perfectly fine to feel both at the same time. There is a wide range of human emotions, and it’s time we start embracing each one!



This is a quick and sweet read that starts with the question ‘How are you?’

The answer is split up into sections on different emotions, each one with a series of comics to illustrate the theme. For me, the appeal of this book is that the artist is an introvert and perfectly illustrates the different facets of emotions experienced by introverts – I had loads of ‘same!’ moments which is always fun. I’m not sure how well this would tie in with the extrovert’s experience, so I’d be curious to know how they get on!

There are some useful tips on how to manage some of the more difficult emotions and a nice reminder that all emotions are healthy and normal in moderation, which gave the book an extra dimension of insight I wasn’t expecting from a book of sweet and simple cartoons.

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