When in Doubt, Play Dead: Life Advice from an Unexpected Source (Hardcover)

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When in Doubt, Play Dead: Life Advice from an Unexpected Source (Hardcover)

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Featuring 70 watercolor illustrations, this totally adorable gift of a book offers wisdom and insight from a delightfully unexpected source: the opossum.

Written and illustrated by Ally Burguieres, creator of the popular Instagram account @ItsMeSesame, who spends her days as a wildlife rehabber caring for and learning from opossums, When in Doubt, Play Dead offers encouragement to embrace life’s weird, wild, and wonderful moments.

Learn to live your life the opossum way with advice including the following.

  • The difference between a weed and a flower is often a matter of taste.
  • It’s nobody’s business what’s in your pouch. Unless you’ve got snacks in there. In which case, you should share.
  • A bit of risk is part of life. Cross that street, but ALWAYS look both ways beforehand.
  • Smile! Unless someone tells you to, in which case you are well within your rights to scream.
  • And more.

Shy, resourceful, and deeply misunderstood yet thoroughly relatable, opossums offer a model for seeing the world—and oneself—in an entirely fresh way.
Ally Burguieres is a wildlife rehabber and the creator of the viral Sesame the Opossum website and social media accounts, home of the internet’s most beloved opossums. In addition to wrangling opossums, she owns Cocoally (an animal-themed boutique) and Gallery Burguieres (a gallery of her artwork) in New Orleans. She is also the author of Possums Are Not Cute! (and Other Myths).
Product Details ISBN: 9781683693840
ISBN-10: 1683693841
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication Date: October 17th, 2023
Pages: 128
Language: English
“I’m not usually the type who is able to read anything remotely in the realm of self-help or affirmation without feeling spoken down to, but the fact that the bits of wisdom in When in Doubt, Play Dead are inspired by my beloved opossums gives them a sincerity, honesty, and gentleness that simply cannot be matched.’—Patricia Thang, Book Riot

“Full of affirmations designed to make readers feel good about themselves, with a hefty dose of cuteness to help sell the message.”—Paste