With 'Blue Monday' (15th January-given this title due to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and the arrival of unpaid credit card bills) fast approaching, this is a story which can help children and adults share discussions about depression.
Celeste thinks she is the happiest dog in the world! All her needs are met- and she has Rupert, her human who is kind, funny, handsome, clever and brave. However, she begins to notice Something Different about Rupert which changes things. With help from a kind neighbour, Celeste comes to realise she has nothing to fear and that Rupert can get help.
Written to encourage discussion and understanding, 'Not Today, Celeste!' allows children and adults to distance themselves from personal experience whilst talking about Celeste's problems. Guidance for using the story is included at the back of the book, including 10 key messages 'that a child living with a parent or sibling with depression can never hear too many times'.
The illustrations use colour to highlight Rupert's feelings and Celeste's expressions convey her changing emotions perfectly, offering plenty to notice and discuss. A definite must have for the library!
Not Today, Celeste! A dog's tale about her human's depression
Lisa Stevens with a contribution by Dr Pooky Knightsmith
Jessica Kingsley Publishers ISBN: 978-1785920080