By Laura Bach, PhD
Written for children and relatives of persons with brain injury, Pook the Hamster... improves the understanding of behavioral, emotional, and cognitive changes after injury. Chapters focus on depression, anxiety, memory, motivation/apathy, impulsiveness, insensitivity to social cues, problem-solving, and judgment. A major feature of the book is information for families on how to manage common behavioral, emotional, or cognitive problems. Hence, each chapter describes an injury-related problem and its management. This format allows for the book to be read as a continuous narrative, or for each chapter to stand alone. This artfully illustrated book is written in a child-friendly format and caters to a broad age range: older children (8 - 11 years) may read it independently, while younger children (3 - 7 years) may have an adult read it to them.