The Strange & Curious Guide To Trauma – Review #AD

The Strange & Curious Guide To Trauma

Join Ordinary Jo, some people, Courtney Cortisol, Amy Amygdala and friends to be guided through the curious world of trauma.

This fully illustrated guide for children aged 8-12 features an array of quirky characters and facts about trauma woven into a therapeutic story. Learn why some carrots grow perfectly straight, others wonky and wobbly – and why that’s ok!

Find out all the clever ways our strange and curious bodies keep us safe all the time, and what the different nutty parts of our brain do for us when we are afraid! Discover all this and more to understand your own experiences, body, and even friends better too. (And just in case you don’t remember it all, there is a summary of all the things we have learnt at the end)


Let knowledge and kindness become your superpower by learning all the strange and curious things about Trauma!

My 9 year old son thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I felt it gave a simple breakdown of trauma that was easy for younger readers to understand. The book explains what happens to our bodies when experiencing something traumatic in terms that children can relate to.



There are many characters in the book, however, the main character ‘Ordinary Jo’ looks just like a regular person. We follow Jo as they meet with their ‘trigger’, in the book, this is a baboon. We then read how Ordinary Jo’s body reacts to such trauma and how they can help themselves when dealing with it.

Author Sally Donovan is very honest in what she has written, trauma can happen to anyone and its not the child’s fault if it does. Trauma doesn’t go away but there are things you can do to help yourself.

The Strange & Curious Guide To Trauma is a must read for any parent, carer, teacher and child who has or is dealing with child trauma.

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