Synopsis: Riley the Brave is a little bear with big feelings. He really wants to have fun at the fair, but sometimes he struggles just making it to school, especially on the STINKY, BUMPY, NOISY bus!

It is hard for Riley to focus and have fun when he is feeling so many confusing sensations! He has porcupine moments and grumps at his friends, or turtle moments when he just wants to be alone. He even had a tiger moment, roaring at his teacher. With all these big feelings, how can he ever go to the fair?

Riley the Brave’s Sensational Senses teaches children about their senses through a playful story with real-life strategies for emotion regulation. It also features an educational afterword for grown-ups that explains our eight senses and includes tips for getting the most out of the book.

Release Date: 21st September 2022

Genres: Picture Book, Animals, Mental Helath, Friendship, Sensory Difficulty

Pages: 48

Thank you so much to Jessica Kingsley Publishing and Netgalley for the ebook to read and review.

Review: Riley has so many senses going through his mind at once and doesn’t know how to control them or what he can do. With help from a therapist he is taught all about senses and how he can learn to understand what he needs and how to control them. His hopes of managing at the county fair reignite as he finds new ways to cope.

This was absolutely adorable and I really enjoyed it. The topic was such a big one but it was handled, explained and told in such a fun natural way. It was really precious and an enjoyable, sweet book. I also loved that Riley got his chance to go to the fair.

I loved all the characters throughout this book each one was so kind and understanding of Riley even when he got into his tiger moods. They all wanted to help him and they did just that.

With the help of his sweet therapist he is taught so many new things about his senses and which things he liked to do that helped make him feel better and in more control of everything he was going through with his senses.

The illustrations were all really adorable and really big and bold and filled with so much colour, each image stood out perfectly. The images helped to explain each of the methods in a perfect way and was really wonderful.

There was a guide for adults at the end to help them understand in more detail about the senses and what they can do more to help a child that is struggling with sense issues. This book is also a perfect guide for children in understanding themselves and what they can do to help themselves feel better.

I really enjoyed this book and wish this existed when I was younger, it would have helped me understand and learn so much more and find easy ways to deal with the overload of senses. So I highly recommend this book to everyone even if your child doesn’t struggle with sense issues it will give them a way to help a child that does.

About Author: Jessica Sinarski, author of Riley the Brave, is also a therapist, supervisor, consultant and educator. She is a thought-leader in connecting neuroscience with practice, especially in adult-child relationships. Her areas of expertise include early trauma and adoption, with an emphasis on brain development and the mind/body connection. She has been consulting with schools, agencies and parent groups since 2005 and was recently invited to speak at the largest adoption conference in North America. Jess lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and 3 busy boys.


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