Written by Niall Breslin (Bressie) and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey, The Magic Moment first made waves as a best-selling picture book in October 2018. It teaches young readers how to deal with fear and anxiety through an easy mindfulness technique wrapped in a charming story. With the aim of helping anxious parents and children through the Pandemic, Bressie has now made the ebook version of The Magic Moment free to download from his publisher Gill Books’ website here.
Bressie says, ‘It’s great to see more children going back to school this week but from interacting with parents through my podcast and online community, I get the sense that this phase of lockdown has been toughest for everyone. There is still a lot of uncertainty about the months ahead and families are understandably really struggling with the anxiety and fear that can arise from all of that. I wanted to share The Magic Moment ebook for free to give them just one small tool to help. The Magic Moment reminds us it’s okay to experience difficult feelings. I hope that by creating a space to read it together and talk about how we are feeling, it will help alleviate some of the anxiety adults and children alike are experiencing right now.’
In The Magic Moment, young readers meet Freddie. Freddie is excited about his first trip to the swimming pool. But when he gets there, he finds it scary. So scary, in fact, that he just wants to go home. Later that evening, Nana teaches him a secret trick. It’s called the Magic Moment Trick and it gives you superpowers when you’re facing something scary. You simply close your eyes, think of your happiest memory and squeeze your finger and thumb together.
It is a must for parents or anyone working with children who wants to help them work through anxiety and fear.
The Magic Moment is also available to buy now in paperback, priced at €9.99, as are Bressie’s two other mindfulness books for children, Take Five, which helps children deal with feelings of jealousy through gratitude, and The Chill Skill, which contains a mindfulness trick to help children manage anger. Take Five is illustrated by Sheena Dempsey and The Chill Skill is illustrated by Emma Proctor.