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Max is a child who worries. A lot.

He worries about being bitten by spiders, abducted by aliens, or sometimes just that people don't like him enough. Soon it feels like his worries might take over the world!

Thank goodness for Bob the dog, who shows Max that the best way to deal with worries is to share them with a friend. Told with sensitivity and a sense of fun, this relatable story encourages empathy and illustrates the importance of talking about worries.

Stress and anxiety amongst children is a growing problem and this warm-hearted picture book provides a much-needed aid to help parents calm their children's worries. Much like Benji Davies' Grandad's Island, this story tackles a sensitive issue with a lightness of touch, allowing parents to approach a difficult topic through the comfort of a fun story.

Gabriel Alborozo's illustrations brilliantly capture family life and his appealing artwork injects some gentle humour into situations that will be familiar to many families.


A modern take on Virginia Ironside and Frank Rodgers' The Huge Bag of Worries, Carol McLeod and Katherine Martin's Fill a Bucket and Amanda McCardie's A Book of Feelings, this is the perfect calming bedtime read for children ages 3 years and up.

Praise for Gabriel Alborozo's The Colour Thief -

'With minimal text, simple drawings and an explosion of colours, this is an absolutely delightful book to share' - Irish Examiner

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19th February '17
I read it to Noah aged 6 aged 6
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
5 stars
'In the story there's a little boy that worries a lot. The boy is called Max. Max has a dog called Bob and he tells him all his worries and they pop out of his head in bubbles and they both pop some. I liked the book and thought it was funny.'

My son loved this book and it had some great tips and exercises to help children get rid of their worries. The story has some lovely illustrations and simple sentences that make it easy to follow and understand. I highly recommend this book for those with children who worry as it is a great way to get your child talking about anything they are concerned about. We found the exercises really useful. A great book with a lovely story.
23rd May '17
beanstalk children read it themselves aged 5 to 11
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
5 stars
Read by 3 children aged 6 - Favourite parts were - The Picnic with Mum, dad, sister and Bob.   At the swimming pool with his trunks on! and Bubbles kicked away by Bob.   
22nd February '17
I read it to beardy aged 3 aged 3
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
5 stars
O read this book with my 3 year old son and he thought it was great!!
This is quite different to the books we would normally read together but was a pleasant surprise.
Easy to turn pages and great story line.
Would definitely recommend :)
1st May '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to RCHogan aged 4 aged 4
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
5 stars
We received this book when my son was 3; he’s only just turned 4 but in the intervening time we have had a tremulous time to say the least! My little boy has ADHD and has a lot of difficulty coping with emotions - especially negative ones. This book has been a God-send!
It opened the conversation about worries and anxiety: we read the story together and talked throughout although especially afterwards. 
The story is about a little boy who carries an awful lot of worries around - from fears of physical harm to concerns about bullying and humiliation. Bob - his dog - is a reassuring presence and models a more relaxed approach to life! 
We have adopted the philosophy of worries being in bubbles and being able to actively pop them once we’ve talked about them. We have a dog ourselves which again helped my son relate to the story. This book was great for modelling a concept we could use. It’s been a great help through a trying period! Definitely Thank Goodness for Bob!
The book itself boasts beautiful illustrations and is told using simple language a syntax which makes it easy for children to follow.
16th February '17
I read it to Josh aged 8 aged 8 , to Sam aged 7 aged 7 , to Matthew aged 4 aged 4 & to Sophiajane aged 1 months aged 0
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5 stars
Poor Max has lots of worries and does not know what to do. Thankfully his dog, Bob, has no worries but shows Max how to talk about his worries. Each worry turns into a bubble and Max and Bob have great fun karate chopping and popping each bubble.

This was a great story for my boys which they thoroughly enjoyed especially the bubbles full of worries which looked a bit silly. It also gave me the opportunity to chat to them about how important it is to talk about anything that is bothering them.
16th February '17
I read it to AvaW aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
I loved this book. I think it is brilliant at showing how to deal with worries that little ones might have. It had a fun tone, and my daughter thought some bits were funny, such as Max worrying that he might disappear down the plughole when he had a bath. This is a great book anyway, but would be perfect to share with any little ones who do worry quite a lot. The illustrations were great as well/ At the end of the book we talked about any worries we had, and said talking about them helps. It was nice to share this book together.
24th February '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
5 stars
I think we could all do with a Bob in our lives.  Max is a worrier.  He worries about wearing the wrong clothes, disappearing down the plughole at bathtime and being abducted by aliens - a double-page spread at the front shows the thought bubbles of all Max's anxieties and the sorry little boy being comforted by his trusty dog, Bob. 

Because although Max appears to come from a loving home, he still bottles up his troubles which only makes him suffer more.  And when Max is sad, his family feels sad too.  But Bob doesn't worry about things.  He is the sort of dog that takes it all in his stride.  So Bob offers a lovely, floppy listening ear and Max talks and talks. 

Max discovers that talking about his fears seems to make them shrink a bit.  Some of his worries even turn out to be silly when he really thinks about them.  One by one, he and Bob pop those thought bubbles full of worries and the final double-page spread shows nothing but popped bubbles and a happy Max and Bob. 

A perfect book for any child - we all have worries - but particularly good as a starting point for conversation when a grown-up spots that a little one is struggling.  Max doesn't stop being a worrier, of course, but he does discover a way of easing the stress of it all.  Perhaps the reader will discover it will help him/her too and understand that they should never feel alone in their anxieties.
1st April '17
I read it to racer217 aged 3 aged 3
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
5 stars
Was a great story to read with my son because he seems to worry and get anxious at times so was great to read story about a boy the same.
Great bright picturers and easy for son to hold and turn the pages.
highly recommended
17th February '17
I read it to Mckenzie-jack aged 6 aged 6 , to Alesha-may aged 3 aged 3 & to Declan-james aged 11 months aged 0
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
5 stars
Lovely book was great and easy to read. It teaches the children who read or who you read it to that if ylur worried it better to talk to someone was a great book 
18th February '17
I read it to Amelie aged 4 aged 4
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
5 stars
Poor Max's head is so full of worries he doesn't know what to do with them.  Luckily for him he sees that his dog Bob has no worries at all and when Bob invites Max to talk Max finds that talking about all of his worries changes the way he sees them.
When all his worries come out like bubbles both Bob and Max pop them away.
This book is a wonderful way to introduce ideas to children as to how to deal with their worries.  It's fun and engaging and really helpful. 
Full of fun illustrations and captivated my daughter.
19th February '17
I read it to Suzanne aged 7 aged 7 & to Alexandra aged 4 aged 4
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
5 stars
I've been trying for a while to find a fiction book that specifically deals with the importance of talking about our feelings to share with my 5 year old daughter. May be slightly better suited to older children - would say 6-7 (my older dauhter was more interested in the story - but maybe it's the matter of character as she's got more sensitive and worring nature:)). It is a beautifully illustrated book which makes more complex feelings accessible to children. It's an easy and enjoyable read. I love the way author shows the importance of talking to a friend if we have a problem. This story is encouraging children to communicate with others if they are feeling scared or worried.
I think it's a really good book for parents to explain to their children that they can share their worries.
21st February '17
I read it to x_Layla aged 4 aged 4
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
4 stars
This book was brilliant for my four year old, who happens to worry a lot! The worry bubbles were great and we came up with idea of blowing our own worry bubbles to pop.
7th September '17
beanstalk children read it themselves aged 5 to 11
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
4 stars
A boy called Max gets lots of worries.  He doesn't want to tell his family or teacher but they already know but don't know how to help him.  He talks to his dog Bob and the worries come out of his head and he pops them like balloons with Bob.

My favourite character was Bob because my favourite animal is a dog and because Bob helped Max with his worries.

I sort of liked the book.  I liked the part when Max got rid of all his worries.  I also liked when they started popping worries.

I didn't like the fact that Max worried that people would call him a weirdo if he told them about his worries.

I would recommend this book because it helps you forget about your own worries if you have them.
15th February '17
I read it myself (an adult) , to Rubiroo aged 4 aged 4 & to Darcm aged 4 months aged 0
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
4 stars
Max is worried about everything but he is so lucky to have his friend bob to talk to. With lovely illustrations this book was a gentle story of how people worry and helped me start a conversation about what my daughter worries about. She loved and laughed at the illustrations especially the mauled by monsters picture. She engaged with the kicking and karate chopping the worries and she talked about the worries she has like flies, spiders and monsters. She recognised she has our cats to talk to unlike bob the dog. It was a light enough book that it didn't concern her but gave me the opportunity to talk about her worries and things she things worries her. Her sister also listen to the book and loved watching the karate chops, jumping about and kicking her sister did whilst listening to the book and reacting it like on stage.
17th February '17
I read it to Ibby aged 4 aged 4
Thank Goodness for Bob 9781405282970
4 stars
Good book which teaches children about worries. Good way to start a conversation with your kids about what worries them and how they can solve them. Nice pics and storyline. 
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Pintachan is an illustrator and designer who lives in the north of Spain. He is a confessed licorice lover, enthusiast of old sci-fi movies and collector of children's illustrated books.

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Claire Harcup developed magazines about dinosaurs, books and CD-ROMs about wine, and an animation series for children with autism before she started writing picture books. She now heads up the writing team at communications consultancy, Quietroom. She lives in London, W11.

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