Big Boss Brain

Big Boss Brain: Learning About Traumatic Brain Injuries by Shannon Maxwell


Big Boss Brain, is an unprecedented look into the often invisible effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) through the eyes of a child. Main character, Cassidy, guides readers 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 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.