The Journal of Anxious Izzy Parker

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Izzy wants to be a lion. But mostly, she feels like a mouse.

Eight-year-old Izzy Parker’s biggest problem is feeling anxious and afraid. Her mom’s decision to move them across the country to Prince Edward Island didn’t help. Izzy worries she will say the wrong thing or laugh at the wrong time, and none of the kids will want to be her friend. Sometimes, it’s so hard to be Izzy that she can’t breathe.

In her honest, awkward, and anxious journal, Izzy writes down the story of her life and how she is trying to be a little less afraid. The good news: things might not be as bad as they seem. Even better? They will soon have a small, furry new family member—an emotional support dog named Gandalf!

Cover and interior illustrations by Beena Mistry.

Praise & Recognition

"Izzy endeavors to become as brave as a lion in this empathetic novel by Fullerton… Heavily inked, heartfelt illustrations by Mistry accompany Izzy’s astute, mature-sounding narration."

Publishers Weekly

"In this feel-good story told in journal entries, readers meet Izzy, who is anxious all of the time—so anxious that she's receiving an emotional support dog, which she names Gandalf, because she figures it must take a wizard to help soothe her anxiety…. The author has an emotional support animal herself and is able to weave in rich details about the kind of work these companions do for their humans. Some entries end with a small cartoon illustration of a charming scene from the narrative, such as Izzy running away from her rooster, Meanie, after collecting eggs. This is a great read for kids who want to unlock their inner lions and be brave!"


"The Journal of Anxious Izzy Parker is a wonderful book for children to read and learn about anxiety...The level of anxiety that Izzy feels requires medical intervention, and children will learn the importance of service animals and how to be respectful of those with special needs. Highly Recommended."

Canadian Review of Materials

"A wonderful book for children to read and learn about anxiety... Highly Recommended."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

Forest of Reading, Silver Birch Express Award 2024 - Nominated

Saskatchewan Young Readers Choice Shining Willow 2024 - Short-listed

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Atlantic Canadian Children's Literature 2024 - Short-listed


Publication Date: May 9, 2023

Reading Age: 6 - 8

Genre: Children's Fiction, Early Chapter Book

Product Format: Paperback

Pages: 90

ISBN: 978-1-77260-316-3

Alma Fullerton

About the Author

Alma Fullerton

Alma Fullerton is an internationally award-winning author, illustrator, and editor. Growing up she struggled with reading and writing due to dyslexia. Now she goes into schools to teach children they can overcome anything. She lives in North Lake, Prince Edward Island with her husband and her emotional support dog, Gibson.

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