Tilly's Big Problem

When Tilly’s problem gets too much for her she confides in her friend Ned, who is pretty great at helping her with the tricky stuff.

But this time, even Ned can’t come up with a solution. However, he does have a great idea to help her find someone to talk to.

Together they devise a plan and have an adventure along the way.

Paperback format
32 pages
190mm x 205mm


Illustrated by Lisa Allen.

This book is filled with bright, entertaining illustrations to introduce children to methods of dealing with difficult issues. Young readers should feel positive about seeking assistance from suitable adults once they have finished the story.


“The bright illustrations are entertaining even though they introduce characters who have difficult underlying issues. … It has a light touch but carefully respects young children’s dignity and their need and ability to make thoughtful choices.” ―Reading Time (Australia)

“Recommended. … There is an element of humor in the manner in which the children problem-solve to select the favoured counsellor, and the illustrator has a suitable quirky, naive style.” ―ReadPlus (U.K.)

“Tilly has a problem in her life and does not know where to turn for help. With sprightly, purple pigtails and colorful, mismatched fashion, Tilly looks like a joyful young tot. But something is making her sad and worried. Exemplary points for tackling a tough issue.” —Kirkus Reviews

Here’s a sample page from Tilly’s Big Problem

Tillys big problem

Meet Kiwi author Rose Stanley

Rose Stanley author Rose Stanley has previously worked in New Zealand schools for many years providing pastoral care for students experiencing challenges, both emotionally and socially. She is a trained companion for the ‘Seasons for Growth’ programme which provides education for students on ways to deal with grief, change and loss. Rose writes books on emotional literacy and problem solving for children.

Rose offers free downloadable activity sheets for her book Emotions in Motion on her website for teachers, counsellors and social workers to use.

Rose works with illustrator and book designer Lisa Allen in a partnership called Cheeky Dragon. Visit their website and check out the ‘Free Stuff’ page for colouring and activity sheets, and lesson plans which relate to their book Brain Tricks.

Lisa Allen is an illustrator and book designer based in Muriwai on Auckland’s west coast. Her work is based mainly around children’s books. She has a variety of distinctly different illustration styles across a range of media.

Find out more about Rose and how to contact her on her author profile.


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