“One day, Noah Dreary complained so much that his head fell off.”
And so begins a rather dark cautionary tale but one with a highly relevant message.
Noah Dreary is the latest from award-winning author Aaron Blabey. It’s the story of a little boy who discovers the very real consequences of his continual complaining. In fact, it seems Noah complains about everything from his clothes and his baby sister to his breakfast cereal and the weather. When Noah’s head falls off, naturally he complains, but then something happens which changes everything (and no, it’s not his head being re-attached to his shoulders!).
The premise of the story is simple but there lots of underlying messages waiting to be explored, particularly relating to gratitude, and the effects of both negative and positive approaches to life.
Blabey’s signature bug-eyed characters come to the fore in this book and the pages where Noah is complaining are fittingly angry and tiring. A drawing of a kid toting his head in a backpack will not appeal to every child but for kids who like darker humour (and I have one such child in my house), the story of Noah Dreary will really be a winner.
Noah Dreary can be found online at Penguin. It’s suitable for children aged five years and over.
For more from Aaron Blabey, see our previous review of Stanley Paste.