Thursday, December 7, 2023

Review – When Anna Came to Stay

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Author: Maddy Tyers
Illustrator: Siobhan Skipworth

This is a beautifully presented and illustrated book which is a timely reminder to older children and to adolescents of the need to be aware of bullies and how they can attack a young person’s self-esteem in order to gain control over their emotions – sometimes with devastating consequences.

May is a carefree girl who likes nothing better than singing along to the Spice Girls, roller blading and eating cheese on toast with her friends. But then May’s family moves to a new town and May’s world is turned upside down.

Out of the blue, an imaginary friend Anna comes along to help May out of her predicament, but Anna’s ‘solutions’ only isolate May from her family and lead her into unhealthy habits.

Author Maddy Tyers, most recognizable from her recent appearance on the hit reality TV show Lego Masters Australia, Maddy Tyers is an actor, presenter, children’s entertainer, voice-over artist and writer based in Melbourne.

Maddy knows only too well the pressures faced by children who become overly concerned about their body image and how they are regarded by their peers. Her story encourages children to feel positive about their body image and to accept the love and support offered them by understanding family and friends in times of crisis.

Illustrator Siobhan Skipworth is a freelance graphic designer specialising in illustration and is an avid watercolourist and ink artist who sheepishly hides behind the moniker ‘Shesasheep’. Her career spans over 25 years in creative industries practicing in advertising agencies and design studios around Brisbane until becoming a freelancer ten years ago.

The Butterfly Foundation, which is dedicated to helping children overcome eating disorders, is very supportive of the lessons to be gained from this important book.

Highly recommended for parents, teachers and health professionals.

Publisher: Interactive Publications Pty Ltd
ISBN: 9781925231779
Hardcover: $AU26.00 RRP
EBook: $AU13.00 RRP
Audio: $AU1.29 RRP

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing an eating disorder or body image concerns, you can call the Butterfly Foundation National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 (ED HOPE) or visit concerns for you.
We encourage readers to reach out for support and contact the National Helpline on 1800 33 4673 or


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