A Case Of The Zaps

A Case Of The Zaps

By Alex Boniello & April Lavalle

Illustrated by James Kwan

48 Pages

Ages 4-8 ‎

Abrams Books for Young Readers

Hardcover ~ Kindle ~ Audiobook

A charming and heartfelt picture book that’s a great way to start a conversation about anxiety and mental health with readers a few generations old or fresh off the assembly line!

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.

My Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

An amazing story about childhood anxiety. When Pi starts getting the zaps about his upcoming field trip, he thinks something is wrong with him. He tries to run away from them. He ends up sharing this with his parents, who let him know it’s completely normal. They take him to the doctor to help him learn how to help control the zaps. A wonderful story that will help children understand and realize it’s good to talk to your parents when something new is happening. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous as well!

Behind The Scene

Alex Boniello is an actor, musician, singer, writer, and Tony Award–winning producer from New York City. Most recently, he starred as Connor Murphy in Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen, and has also appeared as the voice of Moritz in Deaf West’s revival of Spring Awakening and in numerous TV shows and films. Alongside April Lavalle, he’s also a producer on Hadestown, for which they both received Tony Awards. Boniello is a passionate advocate for mental health, having worked closely with some of the most prolific organizations in the country. April Lavalle is an actor, comedian, writer, and Tony Award–winning producer living in New York City. As an actor, Lavalle has appeared on television and on stages throughout the world, and as a writer, she has been featured in publications such as Reductress, McSweeneys, Medium, and Vulture. She is also a director for the Story Pirates, which celebrates the imaginations of children worldwide. James Kwan is an animator and illustrator with a BFA from Pratt Institute. His picture books Dear Yeti and How It Feels to Be a Boat received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and were featured in the New York Times. He was a character artist on BoJack Horseman and has also done animated, illustrated, and directed work with many clients including Microsoft and LEGO.

Huge thanks to Abrams Books for my gifted copy. To grab one for yourself click the link below!

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