Book Review of “Astro is Down in the Dumps” by Susan Day


This fun and entertaining book, Astro is Down in the Dumps, was created to give children the skills they need to build resilience and cope with depression and anxiety.

Astro is feeling so sad and blue he can’t get out of bed. Then there’s a knock at the door… who could that be?

In each section, one of Astro’s friends drops by and tells him what they do to cheer up when they are feeling sad. Alfie paints, Stella talks to someone, Dotty listens to music and Digger eats fresh, healthy food.

There are worksheets at the back of the book for further ideas and ways of extending the skills presented in this book. As well, there are telephone numbers for direct access to helplines.

Written in verse and with stunning full-colour illustrations, this book is designed so that it can be shared in the classroom and at home.

All monies raised from the sale of this book go to sending a free copy to each school and library in the country.

My Review:

This is a book for children with a social cause. Astro is the adorable dog in the series and he is feeling low today. With the cases of depression among kids rising so much these days, such books are required to be circulated around. The kids need to know that they are never alone and there is always a lot of people to love them unconditinally and take care of them always. They should be encouraged to talk to their friends or their parents or anyone they feel comfortable with about their feelings.

In the book, many friends of Astro’s come and visit him and tell him what they do when they are feeling down. Some talk to their friends, some paint, some eat, some exercise, the ways are many but the purpose of all is the same – to battle depression.

The book is a poem with nice rhymes. There is a happy feel even to the words and pictures of the book. The colours used are nice, bright and happy. Reading the book, for kids alone, or reading it out to them will definitely help them battle depression and remain happy.

Towards the end of the book, there are some exercises to kids on what they should do when they are feeling low. What they would like to do, who they can contact, who would listen to them when they are down, and such similar things. This book should be there with every kid across the globe. Battle with depression especially for children should be won soon. Kids should be happy and bubbly all the time and not depressed. Kudos to Susan Day for creating such a beautiful book

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2 thoughts on “Book Review of “Astro is Down in the Dumps” by Susan Day

  1. Thank you, Devi, for your kind words. It is an honour to be part of your fantastic blog. I can’t tell you how thrilled Astro and I are that you are helping us fight childhood depression. Take care & best wishes!


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