Book Review – Bailey Beats the BLAH by Jill Smith

Bailey Beats the Blah cover

Here is my leg of the Blog Tour for Karen Tyrrell and her wonderful book, my book review…

Bailey Beats the BLAH by Karen Tyrrell

Illustrated by Aaron Pocock

This is a deceptively simple book. The illustrations are so in tune with the words. Bailey is in a new school, his tummy hurts and doesn’t want to get up. Even his faithful and fun-loving dog Fuzzy can’t cheer him up. Life is BLAH! All this changes when a new boy called Tom, comes to school, he is even more nervous than Bailey.  Bailey decides to be his friend, so overnight, the world is a wonderful place to be.

Bailey BLAHI loved the way the language relates to the way kids think and talk. It will definitely be a book I’ll share with my grand-daughters, particularly as the older girl is off to school next year, while the younger remains in ‘Kindy’. They have always been inseparable and I suspect some sad days may arise.

There are so many aspects of life that Karen has put in this book to discuss with Bailey Happychildren; facing and coping with change, feeling depressed, being lethargic, feeling alone, scared and not fitting in, then the delight of making new friends and being happy with change.

Karen Tyrell, is a passionate Australian author, mental health advocate, teacher, motivational speaker and workshop presenter, seen on TV Today Tonight and heard on ABC radio.

Karen TyrrellBailey is aligned with Kids Matter, national education curriculum and supported by Kids Help Line.

Download FREE children’s activities and FREE teacher notes from

ISBN: 9780987274045

Bailey Beats the Blah is available from Amazon.

Thank you so much Karen for inviting me to be part of your blog tour. For your chance to win in the ‘Bailey Beats The BLAH’ blog tour giveaway, leave a comment at the end of this post, or go to and leave a comment there.

Bailey has received 5 STAR Reviews from Kids Book Review, teachers, counselors and Reviewers. I’m joining them on Goodreads to share the praise of this discussion inspiring book!


About jillsmith

I am an author of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world' now retitled Book 1 and Book 2 of the Ancient Alien Series, as I've written the third in the series currently titled Travellers. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. As a member of The Ten Penners, I've written six short stories in a collaborative our anthology for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales (released 2009), and nine stories including a novella in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic (released 2017). They are both available in hard copy and on Amazon as ebooks. I blog to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon. I work part time and lead a busy life.
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13 Responses to Book Review – Bailey Beats the BLAH by Jill Smith

  1. stass1 says:

    Thanks for the review, I enjoyed this one. It was probably the first to go into a bit more detail about the book I.e introducing Tom 🙂 #picbkassess

  2. stass1 says:

    Thanks for the review, I particularly enjoyed this one. It was probably the first to go into more detail about the story line I.e introducing Tom. #picbkassess

  3. jillswrites says:

    Hi picbkassess, Glad you commented twice. Thanks again Jill

  4. Hi Stacey,
    Thanks for pointing out Tom’s importance to the story.
    Thanks too for hashtagging your request to win the picture book assessment with #picbkassess … Karen 🙂

  5. Hi Guys,
    Great interview! I really like Aaron’s illustrations. The book looks awesome! Thanks for sharing. Good luck with it Karen!

  6. Joy Cameron says:

    As a Child and Youth Worker and Mental Health Speaker, I am always excited to discover resources to help children develop increased resiliency, mental wellness and understanding. This sounds like a wonderful book! Looking forward to reading it someday and using it in classroom settings and one-on-one! #picbkassess

  7. Thanks everyone,
    for supporting Bailey Beats the Blah 5 STAR Mental Health book for KIDS
    Announcing WINNERS! *Bailey Beats the Blah #Bookgiveaways
    Available on Amazon eBook & print
    Download FREE teacher notes FREE children’s activities on
    Karen 🙂

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