As adults, navigating life’s many ups and downs isn’t always easy. For young children, the world can be a pretty scary place, particularly in new or intimidating situations when they can often feel overwhelmed and paralysed by fear.
Polly knows that only too well – as a mum and Mindset & Performance Coach she specialises in helping people understand their own self-limiting beliefs.
The Grumpit helped Polly’s son enormously and has since helped many other children. This 32-page book, the first in a series, introduces The Grumpit and marks the beginning of a relationship children will come to nurture and put their trust in.
Polly Bateman has created what is essentially a “guardian angel” for children within a beautifully written, exciting and heart-warming story. Harry’s Grumpit helps him to overcome his fears and anxieties by representing them in the form of a character with “lots of colours like a rainbow” imagined by Harry. Each Grumpit is uniquely imagined by the visualiser. The character becomes the safety-net and springboard for Harry to help him assuage his fears. Harry talks to his Grumpit, alleviating those anxieties, which are dissolved in the process. This is a wonderful tool for children and adults, both at home and to use in schools and community settings. Delightfully comical and skilfully enlightening, The Grumpit is a vital instrument for anyone with a vested interest in children’s mental health and happiness.
Ms Laura Hawley
Creative Practitioner and Performance Examiner
BA (Hons), MA, PGCE, LAMDA
Most children don’t even understand that feelings of anxiety and lack of self worth are just that. Through this story, my child not only learnt to identify these feelings, she also was able to understand them. Most importantly through the story and the concept of “the Grumpit” she was given the essential life skill of gaining an insight as to how to manage these feelings.
That insight has helped her to open up to adults and enabled her to express to adults her feelings.
Gaining that skill at the young age of 10 it has set her up for her adolescence as she now has an understanding of anxiety and fear and how to self sooth or alternatively how to speak to someone if she is struggling with her fears.
The concept of “the Grumpit” is now family wide and it is not uncommon for a member of my family to talk about “their Grumpet feeling fluffy”.
These tools and skills she will carry to her adult years and support her in overcoming the many obstacles we meet in life as both children and adults.
This is a great investment in your child’s, and even your entire family’s, mental health. Let’s hope we are raising a generation of young people who manage their thoughts and feelings through their own Grumpits.
Mother of 3
As an Olympian I know what it takes to get out of my own head. The Grumpit is a great tool to help kids step outside of their own limitations. My Grumpit is green and gold, what colour is yours?
Mother of 3 & Australian Rowing Olympic Gold Medalist
Mother of 5
A story that beautifully describes a way of channeling unease and doubt. The smiles on our faces grew as we turned each page absorbing Harry’s increasing confidence and the brilliant illustrations. This book gives my daughter a tool to call on when she is faced with a tricky situation.
Mum to 8 year old daughter
What a charming book, dealing with an everyday situation in a new way. My children love the pictures and I'm sure it will be read over and over.
Father of 4