The book is Pretend Friends by Alice Hoyle & Illustrated by Lauren Reis. It’s “a story about schizophrenia and other illnesses that can cause hallucinations.” It includes notes for parents and other adults and is meant “to be a supportive tool for families and practitioners to talk about aspects of mental illness with children and aims to raise awareness and understanding, increase empathy and reduce stigma and discrimination.”
It was a corner house and there was no way he could avoid going past it. He was afraid there might be something behind the hedges that he couldn’t see; that the Frankenstein monster would reach over the leaves and branches and carry him off. He hemmed and hawed a while, trying to avoid the house while getting up the courage to walk past it. He didn’t want to get into trouble for being late so he finally scrounged up the courage to do it. He took a deep breath and high-tailed it across the sidewalk so fast, he said, that his feet barely had time to touch the ground.
I went to the optometrist for an exam and to pick out new glasses since I lost my old ones and my vision had changed. My eyes are in seemingly good condition with no reason to have any concern and the new prescription is not a very strong one. They had the cutest royal blue…
I glanced in the mirror and instead of my own body, I saw the body of a tiny, thin, old woman with wispy white hair. I was startled and grabbed the side of the wall to balance myself. When I looked again, I saw myself in the mirror.