Moffles are tiny, fluffy creatures, who carry the colours of their emotions in their fur, for all the world to read like a storybook. Billy Moffle is very young but already he has become so scared and hurt that he has turned blue and grey. If he just keeps everything straight and tidy, maybe he won’t feel so frightened. Can a new mummy and daddy help him to feel safe again?
Billy Moffle’s story follows him on a journey from early trauma, specifically focusing on his experience of witnessing domestic abuse, towards security & healing in a new home. It empathically names the challenges faced by his birth mummy & how these influence her parenting. It aims to help children identify with the characters & find their own meaning in the story – to help them understand themselves better & see themselves differently. It also reminds carers & parents of why even difficult or puzzling behaviour makes sense in the context of their child’s troubled past.
Mikenda begins her sensitive and engaging story with the question, ‘Have you ever seen a Moffle?’ If you haven’t, this might be the right time to meet Billy. He’s a young Moffle who has some very hard times in his early years, so hard that his fur turns blue and grey. Discover how love brings back all of Billy’s colours. It helps him discover that the fun of childhood might involve being messy, rather than making straight lines. While Moffles are very quiet and tiny, they and their fur of colours have much to teach us.
Dan Hughes, PhD, Founder of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Billy Moffle is another beautiful book. I love the fact that it’s addressing a behaviour that is rarely (if ever?) explored in children’s books. It is a brave, honest & sensitive exploration of how Billy comes to need straight lines. Although Billy is a children’s book, I can’t help but think it’s a great way to help adoptive parents & carers to make the connection between their child’s presenting issues and their earlier life experiences, & that reading this in a children’s book might make this easier for them.
Emily McAllister, Adoption Support Manager at Adoption Focus.
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