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Pouch’s Magical Worry Cheeks | AD

A wonderful tale of a little hamster who helps the children in his class and helps to reduce their worries. It encourages our children to talk with us and is a wonderful way to start a conversation.

Pouch’s Magical Worry Cheeks is the magical school hamster that recognises that the children are carrying the weight of their worries in their school bags. Aimed at 5-8-year olds, it follows three children who have every day worries. These are worries that many other children may recognise in themselves and Pouch’s Magical Worry Cheeks provides a platform for the adults explore their troubles with them.

I found this to be an amazing book to use to help start the conversation with Darcie about anything that me be concerning her.

As the story progresses the children’s school bags grow as their worries do too. However, there is hope as Pouch recognises their disquiet and helps. He talks through their troubles with them, and by doing so his hamster cheeks start to grow and the children school bags shrink.

Not only does this story allow us to open up a conversation about our personal worries, but Pouch’s Magical Worry Cheeks comes with a series of activities centred around the story.

My favourite are the questions which ask what would be in our school bag of worries? What would we talk to Pouch about? And asking the simple question of what colour would our worry clouds be?

Now – months on – we use Pouch’s Magical Worry Cheeks on a regular basis. We still ask the question as to what colour we feel at a particular moment and have great conversations about what colour different emotions would be.

For me, any book which can make our children aware of their emotions and to keep them talking to us is nothing but a good thing.

You can purchase Pouch’s Magical Worry Cheeks from their Facebook page.

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DISCLOSURE: we received a copy of this book for the purposes of this review. However – as always – all thoughts and opinions remain our own.

Pouch's Magical Worry Cheeks is a wonderful tale of a little hamster who helps the children in his class and helps to reduce their worries. It encourages our children to talk with us and is a wonderful way to start a conversation.

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  1. Jenny McClinton says:

    My colour would be like a rainbow as my emotions are all over the place at the moment, i would go from red to blue and many other colours throughout the day. This book sounds really good and would be great to be able to read to my daughter as she struggles to tell me how she is feeling.

  2. MARK HOPKINS says:

    My colour would be green.

  3. Ruth Harwood says:

    A lovely shade of purple – happy and sparkling!

  4. Sadiyya Maryam says:

    Definitely dark blue as my daughter’ asthma is really bad so tired and worried.

  5. Michelle Smith says:

    Gold as I’m feeling happy and sparkly today

  6. Angela treadway says:

    my shade today would be pink-happy x

  7. Iain maciver says:

    blue as not too well

  8. Joanne Ahmed says:

    Grey, the weather has dampened my mood – I’m also pregnant & knackered haha

  9. Margaret Gallagher says:

    BLUE ! hope to be gold soon

  10. Peter Watson says:

    Light green today.

  11. Solange says:


  12. Susan B says:

    Blue for me today because I am rather cold.

  13. Sally Collingwood says:

    Pale blue, happy but quite chesty!

  14. jo liddement says:

    A happy shade of pink as i am on holiday this week

  15. Rich Tyler says:

    Grey, very “meh” day

  16. Angela Sharp says:

    Pink, like pink smiley cheeks

  17. claire woods says:


  18. Jodie Green says:

    Pink smiley and happy today

  19. Amy Bondoc says:

    pink veryy happy today!~

  20. Katrina Adams says:

    I think they would be orange – sunny and optimistic, with hints of positivity ;P

  21. michelle o'neill says:


  22. Ray Becker says:

    Yellow bright & sunny


    Red, feeling a bit stressed & on the edge today, but also a bit festive too!

  24. Sheri Darby says:

    Pink today, a relaxed, chilled day

  25. Emma England says:

    This is such a brilliant idea for a book. It’s a great way to get kids talking about emotions. I think I would be yellow today as I’m feeling positive and I’ve had a great day.

  26. Adrian Bold says:

    Blue – it’s been a rough day! Thanks for the competition.

  27. ellie spider says:

    yellow feeling calm and happy

  28. Cathryn Crawshaw says:

    purple for my today

  29. fionajk42 says:

    very much a dark blue as I had a very unsettling incident a couple of dyas ago and I’ve not yet recovered

  30. Samantha M says:

    I think mine would be yellow.. I feel quite relaxed and happy.

  31. paula cheadle says:

    Dark blue, has I have a headache

  32. Mrs Rachael Sexey says:

    Yellow as I feel bright and cheerful

  33. Rachel Craig says:

    Peach :- Pale Orange. As quite mellow, was at church event :- Local choir performance. Donations for local Food Bank.

  34. A.E. ADKINS says:

    Grey, like the weather today

  35. Blue.. Holiday blues

  36. Tee Simpson says:

    I think purple.

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