A young girl notices, and celebrates, her way of looking at and experiencing the world.
“I think. I think a lot. I think I think a lot. More than most other kids.” A young girl notices and wonders about the ways she and her classmates approach doing good work, caring about people’s feelings, and showing they’re grateful. She comes to accept herself just as she is and celebrates the differences between herself and her classmates. “I care a lot. Not more than other kids, just in my own way.”
Inspired by the author’s experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), I Think I Think a Lot can be a starting point for discussions about overthinking or obsessive thought and about the many ways individuals see and experience the world. The neurodivergent main character allows readers to see themselves and others in the story and emphasizes self-acceptance in the face of comparison.
About the Author
As a young girl, Josée Bisaillon loved drawing cats and houses. She really enjoyed school and always returned home full of stories to tell. She liked being in the classroom so much that she pursued her education all the way to university, where she studied graphic design. It was there that she fell in love with illustration.
Since 2005, with scissors and brushes in hand, Josée has illustrated more than 40 children’s books, as well as magazines and newspapers for adults.
Josée lives just outside of Montreal with her spouse, their three children, one hairless cat, and many paper characters.
“Highly recommended.” — Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review
“I Think I Think a Lot is a powerful story of empathy, compassion, and acceptance. Whipple writes beautifully of OCD from a child’s perspective and invites the reader into the intricacies of this world. I love this book so much because Whipple makes us think a lot too, and we’re so much better because of it.” — Jordan Scott, poet and author of I Talk Like a River