What would you do if you were invited to a birthday party with a trampoline and games and pizza, cake, AND ice cream, but a big scary dog would be there, too?

Tommy’s fear of dogs stands in the way of him enjoying a friend’s party.

His mom helps Tommy overcome his fear by taking small steps to get used to dogs using exposure therapy in The Not-So-Scary Dog.

Hear author Alanna Propst read The Not-So-Scary Dog aloud.

Read an excerpt from the Note to Parents and Caregivers here.

by Alanna Propst, MD

This Article's Author

Alanna J. Propst is a psychiatrist who graduated from McGill University in both the Psychiatry Residency Program as well as the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Subspecialty Program, and has worked in inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room settings. This is her debut picture book. Alanna lives in Montreal, Canada.

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  • The Not-So-Scary Dog

    Alanna Propst, MD

    Tommy is terrified of dogs. When he gets an invitation to a big birthday party at his neighbor’s house, his heart sinks—he can’t possibly go, the dog is enormous and scary!

    But instead of staying away, he and his mom hatch a step-by-step plan to face and overcome his fears in time to enjoy the party. This gentle introduction to the concept of exposure therapy for kids will help them deal with phobias.

    Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers about how to support kids working through exposure therapy.