Marvin’s Monster Diary 2 (+ Lyssa): ADHD Emotion Explosion (But I Triumph, Big Time)

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ADHD Emotion Explosion (But I Triumph, Big Time) is a book about ADHD. I don’t know if the author Dr. Melmed has ADHD or not, but this is still a great book. I thought this book was very funny. I like how the author takes a serious subject (ADHD) and tells a story with humor that makes it less scary for a reader. This story is about monsters. There’s this monster who has a science fair coming up but only thinks about explosions. He struggles when his teacher says, “no unnecessary explosions.” His girlfriend/classmate(?) named Lyssa teaches him about the exercise ST4 (Stop, Take Time To Think). She also teaches him about the “monstercam” in which one uses his thumbs to make a rectangle. The monsters use silly adjectives like “boring-snoring” and “scaretastic.” I experience ADHD when something distracts me (I learned this at Camp MATES as the “brain eater”). I can “stop” and “take time to think” whenever there is a problem. Kids with ADHD can do that too! So I think this book is a good choice for kids who have ADHD because it provides useful ideas through a fun story and interesting characters. Even kids who don’t have ADHD could read it because maybe they will understand their friends better!

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Author Raun Melmed
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 116 pages
Publisher Familius
Publish Date 2019-08-01
ISBN 9781641701365
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Issue January 2020
Category Tweens


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