Lost Inside My Head

Orca. Oct. 2023. 72p. tr. from French by David Warriner . Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781459835948.
Gr 3-6–This complex story in picture book form is better suited for upper elementary students. Based on the author’s personal experience of not yet being diagnosed with ADHD but trying to fit in with what the world expects of him, the main character, Vincent, compares his head to a huge house with different rooms that change their location and function. While he feels like his world is always chaotic, with negative voices in his head pulling him down, in the end, Vincent discovers how to find his own way by looking for the light in his mind. Vigg’s bright, cartoonlike drawings bring the story to life and help readers understand what life is like for Vincent at school and in the world, as do clear descriptions such as, “It’s like the entire jumble of the universe is having a party in my head.” It is a celebration of hope, resilience, and the power of self-acceptance that will resonate with readers of all ages.
VERDICT A work that depicts vividly what the mind of a person with ADHD experiences. A highly recommended purchase for all collections.

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