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The Inner Child

Written by Henry Blackshaw
Published by Cicada Books
5.08 / 7.0
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“A humorous exploration of the impact of inner children on their adult versions.”

“Did you know that all adults have a child inside them??” the story asks before beginning to explain and explore these inner-childs with hilarious, merciless commentary. “Adults hide their inner child by pretending to be busy and stressed all the time,” the narrator cuttingly observes, as a man and woman are shown exasperated at their laptops. “Or when they want a new toy . . . usually they call it a gadget . . .” he remarks as a man and woman peer through a store window at shiny electronics displayed inside. It is their inner child, he continues, that makes adults look so silly when they dance, use baby talk when they’re in love, and most importantly, still have “so much fun!” Blackshaw depicts each inner child as a waist-height, black-and-white individual inside each adult, impressively matching a child-like personality and style to the adult versions. In one disturbingly insightful scene, an adult boss is shown yelling at an employee while the narrator says, “Nasty adults . . . have a nasty child inside”; the boss’s inner child is angrily shaking his fist while a stench emanates from his diaper. It’s a remarkably successful attempt to reduce the complexities of adulthood to humorously fit—in both length and concept—in the pages of a simple picture book.

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It may never be clear why adults pretend to be busy or stressed, but truths about love, life, and living in the moment are humorously recounted in this cautionary tale for all ages —FOREWORD REVIEW An observation of human behaviour that resonates with the stresses of the modern age. Dear Kids, Did you know that all adults have a child inside them? They try to hide them by pretending to be busy and stressed all the time, but as you know, it’s impossible to keep children hidden. Sometimes they just have to come out and PLAY! This is a delightful little book that will appeal to adults and children equally, explaining why adults behave in the strange ways that they do, and how important it is to preserve the place of playfulness and joy inside all of us.**

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B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
5.75 / 7.0

This book does a humorous job of humanizing (or . . . childizing?) adults for children, both in explaining through the text that adults have similar emotions to children and illustrating through the “inner child” depictions how adults are similar to them. There are so many funny references—adults and kids are sure to chuckle! Overall, a very fun, playful read that is also a great prompt to talk about emotions and growing up.

The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
5.5 / 7.0

Insightful commentary on adulthood and childhood that also manages to be funny and inspiring.

The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.0 / 7.0

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Who Wrote The Inner Child

Henry Blackshaw

Henry Blackshaw is an artist living and working in Melbourne. Having graduated from BA Fine Art at Chelsea, his captivating silk paintings have been exhibited at Islington Arts Factory and at venues in Australia. This is his first book.

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Henry Blackshaw's Book Dedication

Dedicated To The Inner Children Inside My Mum & Dad.

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Publication Date:
August 4, 2020

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