NEW BOOK: Big Boss Brain: Learning About Traumatic Brain Injuries

p>New children’s book Big Boss Brain is an unprecedented look into the often invisible effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) through the eyes of a child. Readers are guided on a journey of discovery to learn and answer questions about the physical, cognitive, and emotional/behavioral changes in a loved one following a TBI. Characterized images of Big Boss Brain further reinforce understanding of the brain’s function, control, and damage in a manner kids can easily relate. The story captures the reader’s attention and imagination, allowing them to believe in the possibilities of life together after traumatic injury.

“The often invisible effects of TBI are difficult for adults to fully comprehend; more so for children who are discovering the world around them,” says author Shannon Maxwell, “Big Boss Brain is our way of providing children with a vehicle to understand TBI and realize that they are not alone.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “approximately 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI) annually.” Understanding this growing population, author, Shannon Maxwell, once again draws upon her family’s experiences following Lt Col Maxwell’s penetrating TBI to create a must have resource for any family navigating or wanting to learn more about traumatic brain injury. Illustrator, Liza Biggers joins Maxwell in this second collaborative endeavor, the first – Our Daddy is Invincible!, bringing to life images sure to captivate readers of all ages. 

Accolades abound for Big Boss Brain:

“The best people to explain this are those who are still living through it.  Written in the voice of a child like Cassidy, Big Boss Brain is the most moving and accurate summary of how this life is.” –Bob Woodruff, ABC News Anchor

“Ms. Shannon Maxwell masterfully and compassionately utilizes metaphors to help both children and adults gain a better understanding of the impact of traumatic brain injury on everyday living.  This is a tremendous resource for families or health care providers who work with children of service members that have sustained a traumatic brain injury in combat.  The book highlights supportive actions families can take to establish a new normal. Cheers for addressing the lack of available resources for children of service members with a resource that is written from a child’s perspective.” –Ms. Kathy Helmick, MS, CNRN, CRNP