Frankie's Foibles

Kath Grimshaw, author of this book, has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and, as a child, she struggled to understand why she felt the way she did, which inspired her to write "Frankie's Foibles".

This beautifully illustrated story will help children age 7+ who worry, especially those with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and anxiety. Frankie has a lot of worries. He's worried about his new school, he's worried about making friends, he’s worried about brushing his teeth for two minutes instead of three and he's worried about the bully boys that wait for him on the corner of the street. But the thing that worries him the most is stepping on the cracks in the pavement.

Frankie learns about his foibles, the pesky little creatures that whisper worries in his ear. They are bullies, just like the boys on the corner. But with a big grin on his face and a little help from his brand new friend, Frankie discovers that he can learn to ignore his foibles... and eventually escape his worries for good!

The story emphasises that we all have worries, however, this book makes the point that OCD is like a bully which we can stand up to. This story is an excellent way for parents, teachers and professionals to approach the topic sensitively and start the conversation about OCD. This book shows OCD as the curable illness it really is, and explains how fighting the "foibles" should be done.  

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