From Tony Award winners Alex Boniello and April Lavalle, A Case of the Zaps is a charming, heartfelt picture book that will spark a conversation about anxiety and mental health with readers of every generation, illustrated by James Kwan.
Meet 3.14159265358979323846264338327950 . . . or Pi, for short.
Pi’s just like any other kid robot: They love to listen to music, play with their dog, and hang out with their friends. And when their teacher announces a field trip to Olde Silicon Valley, Pi couldn’t be more excited! They daydream of all the awesome things they want to see and do there––but also begin to worry about all the things that could go wrong. . . . Then, on the way home, Pi feels a ZAP! They try to avoid the strange feeling, but the Zaps keep happening. Pi doesn’t understand. They have a firewall installed! What could be going on?
A tale with equal parts humor and heart, A Case of the Zaps is a great way to begin talking about mental health and anxiety for readers of all ages.
Includes a note from the authors and resources to help readers talk about anxiety
“A Case of the Zaps is a clever and charming way to help kids understand anxiety and feel comfortable talking about it with friends and the adults in their lives. It does a good job explaining how therapy works and giving children confidence that it can work for them. And it's fun!”Dr. Harold S. Koplewicz, President, Child Mind Institute
"With their expressive blue and yellow face, Pi is a charming young protagonist who provides a welcome introduction to the normality of the Zaps—or nerves—along with some coping mechanisms and words to boot up a conversation with friends or caretakers."Kirkus Reviews
"Readers of a carbon-based sort can learn more about. . .anxiety issues in general, from the authors’ closing note and the trio of online resources they supply."Booklist