Book Review of Troubles and Doubles and Reflections Askew: The Curious Case of the Two Emily Soos
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Written by Drew Palacio
Illustrated by Apolline Etienne
Ages: 4-10 | 36 Pages
Publisher: Belle Isle Books (2023) | ISBN-13: 9781958754368
What to Expect: Worry, depression, self-confidence, self-belief, subconsciousness.
Told in the style of a supernatural psychological story similar in feel to Coraline, Troubles and Doubles and Reflections Askew is a story about the potential of the human mind for both self-sabotage and positive growth.
When Emily Soo couldn’t decide what to wear to her friends’’ party, she threw a shoe at the mirror in frustration—definitely a bad move, though, because when the mirror cracked, it revealed Emily Two – a mean, spiteful Emily who shrieks abuse at her from the mirror. Filled with Emily Two’s criticisms, insults, and mocking comments, Emily finally fell into a depressed sleep. Luckily, two very wise parts of Emily’s unconscious—Worry and Woe—are waiting in her dream with some much-needed advice about standing up for herself and fighting back. Will it be enough to get rid of Emily Two?
Emily’s fears and self-doubts are sure to be familiar to a wide range of readers, giving a definite edge to the supernatural attack she endures. Digital illustrations in moody, autumnal colors add to the spooky atmosphere of the story. Nevertheless, the humorous characters of Worry and Woe, along with the cheerful rhyming text and happy ending, make the story both uplifting and instructive.
Troubles and Doubles and Reflections Askew is a fun and thought-provoking story for readers who enjoy a bit of spine-tingling spookiness.
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About the Author
Drew Palacio grew up in Mendocino County, California. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco and currently practices in Kansas. Clinically, he implores partnership and efforts from local families, schools, and the community. Lastly, Dr. Drew is himself a child a heart, using his love of magic and worldly mystery, whether via comic books, animation, video games, or through the passing daydream, to always stoke his inspiration.
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