All the titles have been peer-reviewed and Massey University have been researching the efficacy of the books since they were first released in 2015, and will continue to do so, with the permission of schools and families in Kaikoura and Hurunui, they will continue their research.
"Both books are terrific resources for helping young children and families to better understand anxiety and how to deal with it. They are age-appropriate, engaging, well written, and well-illustrated. The exercises at the end of each book provide great guidelines for further exploring anxiety, its effect on us, and how to manage it more effectively. The exercises are clearly based on cognitive behaviour therapy, which if done well, has been shown to reduce anxiety. I would whole-heartedly suggest that Christchurch schools and parents make use of these great resources."
- Former Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills
"This is unmistakably a New Zealand/Aotearoa story – the use of Māori and the descriptions of what Ari notices in his rural township are so familiar. At no stage did I consider the themes in the book as having to relate to the Christchurch earthquakes. The strategies embedded in the story are useful for any young person whether they worry a lot or a little.
My daughter gave Rising Tide a solid eight out of 10. She told me it was “relatable” and that, “If I have secrets that feel really big and kinda out of control, I’d talk to someone… [like] you, nan or maybe dad.” Perfect. I couldn’t ask for anything more."
- Anna Mowat, Family Advisor at All Right?
"I hope folks are enjoying the Worry Bug and continuing to use it. I know it's easy to get busy and move onto the next thing. As a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist I am really impressed by the care and planning that has gone into the Worry Bug."
- John Gregson (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)
"Our children have loved the books and we have enjoyed reading and sharing and mostly talking about things! I am sorry we do not have anything to share or show but just wanted to email to say what a great idea this was and how valuable it has been for all of our families, in lots of different ways."
- Belinda-Pebbles Preschools