Stuck with the Blooz

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Stuck with the Blooz

By Caron Levis; Jon Davis (Illustrator)

Harcourt Children's Books, Hardcover, 9780547745602, 40pp.

Publication Date: October 2, 2012

What do you do when you're feeling blue--especially when your mood takes the form of a drippy, oozy monster called the Blooz? Do you ignore it? Do you ask it lots of questions? Do you give it an ice-pop and hope it goes away? Through trial and error, the child in this storydiscovers that whileit may not be easy, it's not impossible to shake theBlooz. With a read-aloud rhythm and whimsical illustrations, this debut picture bookhelps children talk about emotions--and is perfect for young fans of friendly monsters.

About the Author
Caron Levis enjoys working with kids, using drama and writing to develop social, emotional, and literacy skills. She was inspired to write "Ida, Always" by the brave students, teachers, and parents she met during visits with her first book, "Stuck with the Blooz". She is an MSW candidate at Hunter College, with an MFA in creative writing from the New School, where she now teaches. She lives in New York City, where she grew up near the real Gus and Ida. Some sounds that remind Caron of people she loves and misses are: the squeak of a sticky candy jar opening, the whir of a rotary phone dial, and the "crash-swoosh" of the ocean. You can visit her online at

Jon Davis always loved drawing as a child. He worked in 3D animation before switching to children's book illustration full time. Jon lives?outside of?London with his wife and daughter.

Praise For Stuck with the Blooz

"The process of understanding emotion, especially for young children, can be overwhelming and abstract--the Blooz just might be the perfect concrete visual to help everyone get through those cranky days."—Kirkus

"Debut author Levis has an impressively light touch."—Publishers Weekly

"Blooz may be a blob, and he may be uninvited, but he is actually kinda cute, which makes this a nonthreatening tool for discussing negative emotions with young children."—Booklist