#BookReview: Stop Max by Denise Keanie @ResilientRatti1 @Deneadie #StopMax #DeniseKeanie #ResilientRatties #ChildrensMentalHealth #KidApproved #5Stars

Book Synopsis:

STOP Max! Part of the Resilient Ratties Series. Follow our cheeky rats Max and Lucy on their day-to-day adventures whilst learning some valuable life skills along the way! This wonderfully fun and educational story introduces your child to The Decider Life Skills – some easily applicable strategies to help children understand and manage their own emotions.

Stop Max is available in paperback now. You can purchase your copy using the link below or by visiting any Indie bookstore.

My Review:

Stop Max is a fun, compelling book which helps teach children how to deal with their emotions. This book has become a firm favourite of my daughter’s and she often asks for it as her bedtime story.

The book is filled with fun, bright and colourful illustrations which my children loved. They are cleverly drawn so that it is easy to see where they fit into the story making it easy to ask additional questions whilst reading. My daughter loved looking at all the pictures and trying to find little details that she might have missed before.

The park scenario, where Max can’t find his friends, is one that is easily relatable to children as I’m sure all of them have experienced something similar. This made it easy for my daughter to understand why Max was upset and what the ‘fizz scale’ meant.

I have to admit when I first read through this book on my own I wasn’t too sure, no disrespect meant to Denise I just wasn’t sure if it would work. However all of that changed when I read the book to my daughter. To say she loved it was an understatement and she constantly asked for it to be read to her not just at bedtime but throughout the day at times too. She even slept with it under her pillow on a few occasions. I asked her a few days after reading if she remembered what the STOPP part of the book meant, and she could remember it! I was very impressed with that as it was pretty much word for word too. This book obviously works as even now, months after first reading, my children still talk about their fizz scales and request it at bedtime.

Huge thanks to Denise for my copy of this book which is highly recommend to all parents with young children. I’m very excited for book 2 which is out soon!

About The Author:

My name is Denise and I live in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, Rikki and two children Rian & Ellie, without whom this adventure would not have been possible so I thank them all from the bottom of my heart!

I am also an occupational therapist and have practiced in mental health settings for over 12 years. Through my work I have been supporting adults to learn skills in order to help manage and maintain their mental and physical well-being. 

In 2017 I was introduced to a set of skills called the Decider Skills, and started to deliver the skills to adults in group settings and later became an authorized trainer to help share the decider skills throughout services in the Highlands.

These skills have completely transformed not only my practice but also the lives of the individuals that I work with. Time and time again I hear people say “I wish I had learned these skills years ago…”

The Resilient Ratties Series

As I started to embed the Decider Skills into my work and home life, I started telling Rian and Ellie about the skills and even visited their school to share them with their teachers!  We had fun introducing the skills through bedtime stories about 2 rats called Max and Lucy (named by Rian and Ellie!).  As the stories developed, family and friends suggested publishing them for other children to enjoy, so that’s just what I did! I entered in to a Become an Author Competition and Won!!!

Through the Resilient Ratties Series of children’s books I hope to introduce both children and adults to The Decider Life Skills. 

I hope readers find the books both fun and educational. They have been written and designed to help children learn alongside their parents, carers, friends and teachers in a way that they can understand, enjoy and remember. 


The ‘Let’s Learn Together’ section at the end of each book aims to open up conversations and encourage children to learn about how the skills apply to them and their surroundings, whether at home, school or playing outdoors. 

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