I really enjoyed how this text made issues like anxiety, nerves, and stress approachable topics of conversation.  As I was reading it, I could see children nodding their heads and identifying with the feelings of Daniel and some of the other characters.  It prompted strong class discussion about emotions, friendship, and a growth mind-set.  With humour and some lovely artwork, it’s a good book for opening discussion and prompting children to reflect on their own emotions as well as those of others around them.   I think we can all identify with Daniel and think about the words we use to encourage others around us to do something, even if it’s something we find hard.  Having the book split into chapters allows for pauses to discuss poignant moments and to really put yourself in Daniel’s position.  It would work for Guided Reading or as a class novel.  Who knows where Daniel’s dreams might take him next?