Some children find it very hard to go to school because it makes them so anxious and worried. This is known as “School Phobia”. If a child refuses to go over a long period it can wreck his or her education and cause parents and schools a lot of worry and frustration. In fact any significant refusal to go to school is an urgent problem and should be quickly dealt with. The School Wobblies will help parents, teachers and mental health professionals with this task.
The book illustrates the worries and the scary thoughts lurking in the minds of the children who can’t go to school. and shows that there are ways of dealing with those worries so that it is possible to return to school.
In the book the worries and thoughts appear as “School Wobblies” who try to get the child to stay at home by generating as much trouble as possible and by taking advantage of anything which is making the child vulnerable and unreasonably fearful.
The Wobblies play tricks to get the child to stay away from school and the book shows through its words and cartoons how the Wobblies can be tricked back and ultimately defeated.