But It’s Just A Game

A Picture Book About Having Healthy Video Game Habits


SKU: B407-Net

“But Mom, it’s just a game.”

Meet Jasper! A young boy who is totally absorbed with playing video games…

“With my game controller in my hands, I’m the boss of my whole world!
I can be who I want and do as I please. I can get the highest score.

I get all the chances that I need. If I make a mistake it’s ok.
Everyone thinks I’m ‘it on a stick!’ And the bad stuff all goes away.”

Video game addiction is on the rise, but it can be prevented. This creative story book teaches both kids and adults how to switch out their game controller for a “life controller.” Video gaming is becoming a part of our culture, and we must be strategic in creating a healthy gaming balance.

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Michelle Hazelwood Hyde
Paperback ISBN 9781937870164
Grades 2-6
32 pages
Release Date September 10, 2013

Additional information






National Center for Youth Issues

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

Maintaining balance and boundaries in our lives today is a very real challenge. But It’s Just a Game is a valuable resource in the efforts to help our children and their families develop positive attitudes and actions that will help them better manage their time, set priorities, and stay focused. This unique storybook can help kids learn how to enjoy their time with gaming more responsibly. Thumbs up for But It’s Just a Game.

Russell A. Sabella, Ph.D.
Professor of Counseling, Florida Gulf Coast University

These little games are the rage even with very young children. As an elementary school counselor this book is helpful in my work when that’s all kids want to do is play their hand held game.

J. Cardinale
School Counselor
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