5 out of 5 stars An age appropriate look at fears and how to conquer them
By Nerdish Mum
I absolutely loved The Niggle, it is so well thought out and so well written. The rhyming really flows as you are reading and it makes everything sound good whether you’re reading it out loud or in your head… The artwork is absolutely lovely and really matches the tone of the story.
5 out of 5 stars Imaginative and beautifully put together
By Sir Readalot
Through humorous rhymes and beautiful illustrations by multi-talented Peta Rainford, we learn about a little boy called Joe who knows no fear – until, that is, an incident occurs… This is an imaginative and well-written story which will enthral your little ones while also teaching them an important message. Highly recommended!
5 out of 5 stars Conquer Your Fear!
By Molly Neely
This story reminds us all, that experiencing life can be a little scary, but fear should never stop you from trying new things!… I gave this book a well deserved 5H rating. Between the perfectly crafted story and the fun illustrations, I just know you will do the same.
5 out of 5 stars Smashing for those anxious children
By Linda’s Book Bag TOP 1000 REVIEWER
The Niggle is a smashing children’s story with a fantastic message about being brave and not letting your anxieties niggle away at you so that they prevent you doing what you want and need to do. I thought the way in which Joe ages from two to six and goes from fearlessness through self doubt back to confidence was inspired, as the story gives an accessible and identifiable and positive message to children (and indeed I think some adults could benefit from this book too)… I’m really impressed by Peta Rainford’s children’s books and can recommend The Niggle most highly.
5 out of 5 stars You won’t regret buying this
By Annette S. Verified Purchase
Wonderfully illustrated (I particularly like the swimming pool and underwater effects!) and clever rhymes makes this book a real pleasure to read. The theme of fear, and how to overcome it, was explained so well it should be read by all primary school teachers to their class, and parents at bedtime. Love it!
5 out of 5 stars This is a very helpful book, particularly for children who are needing help combating their own fears
By Whispering Stories Book Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is a very helpful book, particularly for children who are needing help combating their own fears. I especially love how the author, through the voice of Resolve, talks to the reader about being strong.
5 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
By Suzanne R
Another super beautiful and colourful book! Wonderful language, an original and very relevant subject – superb!
5 out of 5 stars Buy it!
By Kelly Verified Purchase
A rhyming delight, full of clever illustrations. The concepts of fear, self-doubt and bravery are tricky to put in to words that a child will understand, this book encompasses them in a thoroughly enjoyable and heart warming way. My 6 year old loves it and so do I!
5 out of 5 stars A really fun read, a great read aloud book with children
By Yvonne Me and My Books
I loved this story, it is one of those stories that just has to be read out loud, it is a rhyming tale that I think children will love. It does have a message about how fear can stop you doing things, but also there is a positive aspect to it as well. It also has a nice touch humour in it as well There is a good balance and the nasty Niggle does not have it all his own way, so it ends on a good note. This book is written and illustrated by Peta and she has matched words and pictures very nicely, they complement each other. I would definitely recommend this book for children in the 5-8 year age range. A good book to sit and read with them.
4 out of 5 stars What is Fear?
By Mrs Average Evaluates
We really enjoyed this book, our four year old was a bit scared of the Niggle, but was very happy when confidence showed up.. it’s a great story about what we are afraid of and why, and how to manage fear. The story started lots of great discussions in our family about danger and how adults and children might think about it differently. The story is via a gentle rhyme, and the font was easy to read, and the illustrations were fun. It’s always great to find a book that all our kids can enjoy – albeit on different levels. Great stuff.
4 out of 5 stars This is a very good book with a wonderful message for children
By Book Worm
This is a very good book with a wonderful message for children. We all get the fear, the doubt, the uncertainty. In other words, we can all relate to the Niggle! This book will give children the tools to overcome their own niggles. The illustrations are very clever as is the concept. I love writing in rhyme so this book appealed in this way too.
4 out of 5 stars An original take on facing your fears, with wonderful illustrations!
By Brydie W
Children respond best to ‘the moral of the story’ when it is imparted in an innovative, rather than didactic way. Rainford achieves this and it is her strength. She is also a talented illustrator, with a love of rhyme and I will be interested to see how her work develops. I would suggest the ending could be tighter, with less need for exposition after the climax. Kids will get the message and illustrations as good as these should be able to do most of the talking. Overall, a surprising and enjoyable read, with an original take on a universal theme. Well done, Peta!