I'm Not Very Good At It
A story of mindfulness, self-confidence, and positivity, I’m Not Very Good at It features a young girl who believes she’s not good at the things that her mother asks her to do. Although she is eager to help, the girl claims that her brain is telling her she’s not good at certain things, so therefore, it must be right.
Through the loving guidance of her mother, the girl opens her mind to the possibility that she doesn’t always have to listen to her brain. By exploring other modes of wisdom, the young girl discovers that she can be good at many things, as long as she tries.
Darrel Gregory was inspired to write this story after hearing his granddaughter say “Okay, but I’m not very good at it.” He hopes the book will help children to recognize at an early age that they don’t always have to listen to the noise their brains make, and he hopes children will be invited to explore the possibility of trying regardless of the result.
"Gregory’s picture book demonstrates ways kids can counteract negative thoughts. Gregory offers actionable, kid-friendly tools to help readers enhance their self-esteem in a plausible and positive way.
A relatable, constructive story emphasizing elements of positivity and mindfulness."
- Kirkus Reviews
"The story’s focused, repetitive structure reinforces its therapeutic message about halting self-denigrating talk and about practicing stillness. Soft, pastel illustrations ... are faithful depictions of the story that track the girl’s emotional change through subtle facial expressions.
Sincere in its depiction of growing past self-doubt, the picture book I’m Not Very Good At It encourages positive outlooks."
- Foreword Clarion Reviews