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  1 Guts
Author: Telgemeier, Raina Illustrator: Telgemeier, Raina
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Class: 155.4189
Age: 8-12
Language: English
Descriptors: Graphic Nonfiction
Demand: Hot
LC: BF723.S7
Grade: 3-7

Print Run: 750000
ISBN-13: 9780545852500
LCCN: 2018050676
Imprint: Scholastic Inc
Pub Date: 09/17/2019
Availability: Available
List: $12.99
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Physical Description: 211 pages : color illustrations ; 22 cm H 8", W 5.5"
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TIPS Subjects: Health/Medicine/Safety (Consumer)
BISAC Subjects: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Adolescence
JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Friendship
LC Subjects: Children, Physiology
Children, Physiology, Comic books, strips, etc
Children, Physiology, Fiction
Graphic novels
Stomach, Diseases
Stomach, Diseases, Comic books, strips, etc
Stomach, Diseases, Fiction
Stress in children
Stress in children, Comic books, strips, etc
Stress in children, Fiction
SEARS Subjects: Stress (Psychology), Cartoons and caricatures
Reading Programs: Accelerated Reader Level: 2.6 , Points: 1.0
Lexile Level: 480
Reading Counts Level: 3.6 , Points: 5.0
Brodart's TOP Paperback Titles | 09/01/2019
Publisher Annotation: Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on? Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face -- and conquer -- her fears. 224pp.
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Horn Book | 09/01/2019
Intermediate. In this graphic memoir chronicling her fourth-grade year, Telgemeier (Smile; Sisters, rev. 11/14) shares her childhood experiences with anxiety. A bout with a stomach bug ushers in emetophobia (fear of vomiting), leaving young Raina trembling and plagued by digestion issues during moments of insecurity, as when making a class presentation. As her phobia worsens, she starts missing school, limiting what she eats, and engaging in compulsive behaviors to self-soothe and manage her loss of self-control. Her parents take her to a therapist, who guides her in coping with her phobia and panic attacks. Sensitively capturing the traumas of anxiety ("Can you be sick even if you're not sick? Can you be healthy even if you hurt?" Raina wonders), Telgemeier also addresses the insecurities of tween female friendships, the stigma of therapy, and the onset of puberty. She expertly uses scale and perspective to animate the terror of panic attacks; in one bile-colored spread, Raina falls through the very floor tiles, gasping and screaming. There's a fair amount of bodily-function humor--the book's last panel features a big "FARRRRRT!"--but it's never at the expense of the book's serious subject matter. In a closing note, Telgemeier recommends that readers experiencing anxiety talk to a trusted adult and acknowledges that her own anxiety is ongoing but manageable, "just part of who I am." julie Danielson September/October p.120. 215pg. THE HORN BOOK, c2019.
School Library Journal | 08/01/2019
Gr 3-6. Telgemeier presents a new story from her childhood, which takes place when she was in the fourth and fifth grades. After her little sister brought home a case of stomach flu, young Raina woke up one night with an upset stomach and had to vomit. Then a boy in her class was made fun of for throwing up at school, and Raina worried about getting sick again. Her anxiety only led to more stomach troubles, and she also dealt with a school bully and a friend moving away. Raina's parents stayed supportive throughout, and they got her into therapy; eventually, she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome. The subject matter is conveyed realistically but with humor--anxiety can be taken seriously, and farts can still be funny. Telgemeier's art is incredibly expressive, and the green circles that surround Raina will have readers feeling nauseous along with her as her panic intensifies. Especially important is a scene in which Raina's therapist talks her through a grounding technique and deep breathing exercise, giving readers a coping technique that they can use. VERDICT A must. Fans of Smile and Sisters will adore this new story starring Raina and her family, but newcomers to Telgemeier's work will also love Guts. Kacy Helwick, New Orleans Public Library. 224p. SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2019.
Journal Reviews
Booklist | 06/01/2019
Grades 3-6. After a particularly bad bout of the flu in fourth grade, Raina keeps having stomach aches and intense feelings about food and germs. The thought of being near a sick person sends her into a panic, and conflicts among her friends at school and embarrassment about bodily functions in general certainly don't help matters. In this third graphic memoir, Telgemeier describes her childhood anxiety in an approachable, nonjudgmental way and emphasizes how useful talk therapy can be. Her depiction of her spiraling anxious thoughts, often in noxious greens and crowded by negative self-talk in bulky fonts, nicely show both how isolating anxiety can feel and how physical it can be. Telgemeier's particular talent for rendering evocative facial expressions with only a few carefully placed marks makes the pain, worry, and panic in Raina's face and body language unmistakable. As in Smile (2009) and Sisters (2014), Telgemeier gets to the heart of middle-school experiences, from the playground jokes to the minefield of shifting friendships, and the many, many fans of her work will be enchanted by this as well. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Telgemeier is a force unto herself in kids graphic novels. Trust me, this will have a lengthy wait list. Sarah Hunter. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2019.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books | 09/01/2019
R. Gr. 4-7. A night of the stomach flu leaves middle-schooler Raina so phobic of vomit that she can't even stand to hear the word, and she is soon overwhelmed by her obsessive thoughts about germs and illness. Her nearly paralyzing preoccupation isn't her only source of anxiety, however; she's bullied by a girl at school, her family situation becomes more overcrowded when her grandmother moves in, she's stressed about an oral report assignment, and her best friend is now moving away. When her worries begin to manifest in severe stomachaches, her anxiety and misery are compounded. As she did in Smile (BCCB 3/10) and Sisters (BCCB 9/14), Telgemeier offers a graphic memoir of her own adolescent experiences, this one a compassionate and accessible look at one girl's struggles with anxiety and obsessive thoughts. The art is conventionally cartoonish but nonetheless friendly, and Raina's body language perfectly telegraphs her emotions, with wide eyes and hunched shoulders conveying a tight, oppressive panic as she deals with the increasingly complicated nature of her mental health. Readers familiar with anxiety will especially relate to the scenes in which the swirly, spinning mess of racing thoughts surround her, shrinking her beneath their weight. The ending is a bit simplistic in its view of therapy and middle-school friendships, but an author's note details some of the treatments Telgemeier has sought as an adult and offers kids a message of both encouragement and acceptance. KQG. 224p. THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE UNIV. OF ILLINOIS, c2019.
Horn Book Guide | 01/01/2021
1. 4-6. Color by Braden Lamb. In this graphic memoir chronicling her fourth-grade year, Telgemeier (Smile; Sisters) sensitively captures the traumas of anxiety. A stomach bug ushers in a fear of vomiting; as her phobia worsens, she starts missing school, limiting foods, and engaging in compulsive behaviors. Telgemeier expertly uses scale and perspective to animate the terror of panic attacks. She also addresses the insecurities of tween female friendships, the stigma of therapy, and the onset of puberty. jmd. 215pg. THE HORN BOOK, c2021.
Kirkus Reviews | 06/01/2019
Young Raina is 9 when she throws up for the first time that she remembers, due to a stomach bug. Even a year later, when she is in fifth grade, she fears getting sick. Raina begins having regular stomachaches that keep her home from school. She worries about sharing food with her friends and eating certain kinds of foods, afraid of getting sick or food poisoning. Raina's mother enrolls her in therapy. At first Raina isn't sure about seeing a therapist, but over time she develops healthy coping mechanisms to deal with her stress and anxiety. Her therapist helps her learn to ground herself and relax, and in turn she teaches her classmates for a school project. Amping up the green, wavy lines to evoke Raina's nausea, Telgemeier brilliantly produces extremely accurate visual representations of stress and anxiety. Thought bubbles surround Raina in some panels, crowding her with anxious "what if"s, while in others her negative self-talk appears to be literally crushing her. Even as she copes with anxiety disorder and what is eventually diagnosed as mild irritable bowel syndrome, she experiences the typical stresses of school life, going from cheer to panic in the blink of an eye. Raina is white, and her classmates are diverse; one best friend is Korean American. With young readers diagnosed with anxiety in ever increasing numbers, this book offers a necessary mirror to many. (Graphic memoir. 8-12). KIRKUS MEDIA LLC, c2019.