The Chill Out Chair

Join Nicholas on a journey of emotions when things do not go the way he would like during a game.

He gets very angry and kicks his sister, who then refuses to play with him.

He goes from angry to sad and lonely, then back to a place of peace and love surrounded by his whanau by using his imagination to create an ice chair and become the hero of his own story alongside his friend, the whale. Along the way he saves a baby polar bear, a husky puppy and a penguin from the hungry sea monster!

Written by Josephine Carson-Barr and illustrated by Simon Barr

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A fun read to enjoy with 2-5 year olds who love finding the clever details in the awesome illustrations. Set in New Zealand.


“Kia ora Jo, I wanted to let you know just how much my grandchildren enjoyed your books. They asked for them to be shared again and again. I was interested to see how diverse the characters are and how good parenting is evident. Emotions are depicted effectively with care, especially anger in the The Chill Out Chair. The wonderful illustrations offer so much for children to explore and are full of humour. There is so much to share with children. Keep writing!” ~ Marg Bleasdale, Professional Learning and Development Provider

Kiwi author Josephine Carson-Barr Josephine Carson-Barr

Find out more about Josephine Carson-Barr and her illustrator son Simon Barr via Jo’s author page.



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Big book format, Softcover edition



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VA Publishing

1 review for The Chill Out Chair

  1. Kate Gordon

    Review by Anna Mowat, who works as part of the All Right? wellbeing campaign in Otautahi

    What a pleasure it has been reading these books with my near-four year-old. The pictures are ‘alive’ and reflect a typical day in New Zealand for many parents and children.

    I particularly loved The Chill Out Chair because it does so many great things – it normalises feeling angry or being sent to ‘calm down’, and it gave me and my daughter some ideas to help us through these trying times. The story also highlighted the use of imagination to emotionally regulate and pass the time.

    The use of Te Reo Māori in the story means “Kia tau,” has also entered our family vocabulary – thank you Barr whānau!

    Speaking of whānau, The Chair series books are written and illustrated by Josephine Carson Barr and Simon Barr, a mother-son team. Josephine was inspired to write the book by her grandchildren. The family/whānau is evident throughout the books, giving them a comforting, familiar feeling.

    The Goodbye Chair was less relevant for us, but still enjoyable. I will certainly be recommending it as a ‘reading book’ at preschools and for new entrants teachers. The idea of The Goodbye Chair is excellent to help tamariki and parents/whānau transition away from one another.

    I highly recommend The Chair series. My daughter and I had a great time reading them – we learned heaps, laughed and talked about the big emotions and how to manage them.
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