I'm Worried by Michael Ian Black

I'm Worried

A girl, a flamingo, and a worried potato star in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s series about feelings—and why they’re good, even when they feel bad.Potato is worried. About everything.Because anything might happen.When he tells his friends, he expects them to comfort him by saying that everything will be okay. Except they don’t. Because it might not be, and that...

Details I'm Worried

TitleI'm Worried
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
PublisherSimon Schuster Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Storytime, Humor

Reviews I'm Worried

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Potato is worried. His friends, a girl and a flamingo, try to comfort him by sharing stories of times they suffered but healed. Flamingo and Potato cover themselves in bubble wrap but instead of protecting them, the bubble wrap only makes them hot. Finally, the three attempt to live in the now, and the story ends with everyone enjoying their time together.We seem to live in times where everyone worries, even young children. This book should offer...
  • Valerie
    Loved this cute little book. Potato is worried and his friends try to help him figure out why. They explore a few times when Potato was worried and things worked out just fine. He realized that he was happy and didn't need to worry. I think that this book came to me at a good time. My grandson has entered the phase of being worried about things. I took it over to read to him and he loved it. I hope that his parents can use the book to help him re...
  • Amanda
    Anything could happen! ANYTHING! OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! Just Panic RIGHT NOW!!! Clowns! Aliens! Monsters! Forgetting to get dressed and heading out the door...completely NAKED! Having to talk to strangers! Eating weird food! What? You don't feel scared at all? Worried in the least? No? *sigh* Good for you! You must live in the moment and celebrate the now! And as far as all of those other awful things.... They probably won't ever happen.
  • Andrea Doyon
    Using a young girl, a potato and a flamingo (an unlikely trio as any), Michael Ian Black tackles everyday anxiety at a level that's easy to understand for even our youngest children. We all know kids that start their sentences with "But what if...?" This book will be the perfect conversation starter for you to say "We just can't worry about that." I highly recommend this book for both parents and early childhood educators.
  • Jason
    This book is cute and has an important message but I think it would make a bigger impact were it to be performed. There are multiple voices so it might be challenging to do with two readers, but I'd like to try it.
  • Baby Bookworm
    Hello, friends! Our book today is I’m Worried, written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, third in the pair’s series on dealing with complicated emotions.Potato (yes, that is a sentient potato on the front cover) is worried. About everything, really; anything and everything could go wrong at any moment, and bad things can happen at any time. He shares his anxieties with his friends – a little girl and a flamingo –...
  • Tonja Drecker
    This odd trio—a potato, a flamingo, and a little girl—take a very worrisome worry and flip it upside down until worry disappears.Potato is worried about...well, anything. Especially the future because bad things can happen. Flamingo agrees and begins to worry, too. The little girl, however, refuses to budge from reason. A fall from the table or evil peanut butter jars or dangerous accidents are possible. And this book takes a look at what to ...
  • Karen McKenna
    The little girl, potato, and flamingo are back with another lesson on feelings and how to accept them. My middle school students and my 4 year old son have loved the first two in this series. "I'm Worried" is such an important topic for all ages, and it is handled in a great way. My son was delighted by the bubble wrap, and the story opens doors for important conversations about how we don't know what the future holds but it doesn't help to worry...
  • Mandy
    Children's Picture Book. A potato, a flamingo, and a young girl discuss worrying. This book acknowledges that bad things happen, but worrying about them only takes the enjoyment out of the present."Since we don't know what's going to happen in the future, maybe we should just enjoy the now."Simple text with illustrations on a mostly white background. This book is a good book to use for social-emotional-learning and identifying what worry is, thou...
  • Jana
    The world is becoming more and more stressful every day. Kids have so much to deal with and managing emotions can be tricky. This third in the humorous "I'm Bored" series has Potato stressed out because something bad might happen. Potato's worry causes Flamingo to worry. The little girl helps them remember that worrying doesn't help, because no one knows what's going to happen in the future. It's best to be happy in the present time. This is good...
  • DB in Richmond
    This is the perfect book for younger children -ages 3-7 depending upon the child - which tackles worrying. Worry is presented with wonderful, simple, "silly" artwork which presents ways to deal with worry that won't set off fear in children. I'm probably not wording this right - wait, that's just me worrying ;o) After each reading of this book (from our local library, yeah!), my grandchild and I had very interesting conversations about silly and ...
  • Barbra
    When Potato starts to worry about the future, Flamingo starts to get anxious too. Girl reminds them of the bad things that have happened and that everything turned out okay in the end. They found solutions to their dilemmas then but they are not convinced and continue to be nervous. Girl points out that worrying doesn't help because no one knows what will happen. The best that they can do is enjoy the present.
  • Becky
    Kids that need help not to worry should benefit from this book. It's silly and simple while still seriously covering the topic of worrying. I really enjoy this series. Definitely recommended.And let other authors take note that THIS is how you use different fonts and different font colors effectively. The differentiation lets characters speak without being on the page and without including 'said Potato.' And it's wonderful.
  • Erin Buhr
    I love this series. Emotions are discussed with such humor and brilliance. In this one, potato is worried. In the future anything can happen and this is terrifying to poor potato. His friends are quick to reassure their friend. The characters are as darling and unique as ever. Their conversations are pure perfection. A must read for any kiddo that is filled with worries and a great read aloud for anyone.
  • Billie
    Potato worries about what bad things might happen. Flamingo is no help. It's up to Girl to tell Potato that everything will be okay. But she doesn't, because it may not. Instead, she reminds Potato that, no matter what, she and Flamingo will always be there to listen and to help when they can. This honest and funny look at anxiety is perfect for kids (or anyone) who sometimes worry too much about things that are beyond their control.
  • Rachel
    This is a perfect book to read to any child - whether they have issues with anxiety or not. It could possibly help those who *don't* have anxious moments sympathize with friends who do, and could help those who suffer from anxiety with it's honest, straight forward answers and information. The illustrations are adorable and the message is wonderful. A great kid's read!
  • Esutterlin
    Could use as part of storytime on emotions. The art conveys both the stress felt and the optimism/reassurance a well-adjusted child tries to share with a flamingo and a little round worried face (maybe an emoticon?) 3 stars for a general story to read. 4 or 5 stars for reading to a child who may be going through a lot of worries or fears.
  • Peacegal
    Worry was certainly an emotion I experienced a lot as a child. This super-silly book stars a little girl, a flamingo, and...a potato, and talks reasonably to kids about their fears with a healthy dose of humor. Veg*n parents note: After the flamingo has a bad experience getting stuck in a jar of peanut butter, he elects to make a bologna sandwich instead.
  • Danielle
    This book is great to read with a kid that is worried about stuff, possibly as a conversation starter. It features the same characters as I'm Bored. I wouldn't read it at a storytime because it is too specific (unless you have a "worried" theme). It still features the sillyness you would expcet form Michael Ian Black, but it was not as funny as his past picture books.
  • Lorie Barber
    My kids LOVED I’M WORRIED, a book that helps them grasp the idea of anxiety with humor. The characters learn that living in the now is where it’s at. The kids immediately asked for a third in the series and will be thrilled when I tell them that I’M HAPPY is on the horizon!! I’M WORRIED is out in June!
  • Pam
    Potato, Flamingo and the little girl are back. This time Potato is worried about the future and bad things that could happen. Flamingo joins the worry party. The three think about past bad events and how they handled them. Excellent message for young readers - no one can promise nothing bad will happen but living in the now and enjoying the present helps people cope.
  • Linda
    I've seen the blurbs for this series and this is the first of the series I've come across. Nice drawings,nice message but not a lot of punch. The message is the same as the song: "Don't Worry, Be Happy." Something for all of us to strive for.
  • Desiree
    This picture book cleverly introduces the topic of anxiety to school aged children. I like the way worry was de-fanged in this book. Great book to help children think of ways to manage their anxiety.
  • Alee Hofman
    Amazing! Used it in a therapy session with one of my kiddos today. I like the ending with the bubble wrap... Great way to show that we are not in control at all times, despite our best efforts. 👏 oh and the strengths-based perspectives were great too!
  • Robin
    So good to read a children's picture book that deals with the reality of worrying. Granted, we meet a flamingo and a potato who worry along with the little girl in the story but I love this one even more than last year's offering, "I'm Sad." Excellent!
  • Lisa D
    Cute book for kids with anxiety
  • Kyra Hahn
    Cute picture book about a potato working on being present and not worrying about the future
  • Edward Sullivan
    A young girl reassures her anxious potato friend.
  • Liz
    Talks about worrying for children. Easy to understand and address worrying and anxiety.
  • Tonya
    I wish little Tonya had had this book!