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Summary: Anh is building the tallest tower of blocks he's ever made. When Grandfather calls him to dinner, he doesn't want to stop playing and has a tantrum. Grandfather sends him to his room to "sit with his anger," which confuses Anh ... until the anger monster arrives. The hairy red creature helps Anh understand his anger and work through it. This is a picture book to help kids understand and overcome anger.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 9
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Reading Level: 1.8
Age of Child: Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: We had lots of "uh-oh's" in the beginning. There were a couple of times I could tell that my daughter wanted to say something about Anh's behavior but then stopped because she saw herself.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a lovely story. There are lots of kids books about feelings, but this one sets itself apart. I like that the kids can "see" anger both figuratively (in the monster) and literally (in Anh's behavior). The monster is not over-the-top and in fact helps Anh (as opposed to encouraging him to get angry again). The collage illustrations really add to the story.
Pros: With an anger monster to help them, kids can learn to deal with their anger and help themselves through it.
Cons: None, really. I would like to have seen a simple step-by-step chart that kids could put on the bulletin board/refrigerator/bedroom wall.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you have a child prone to tantrums, this is a must-buy.
Educational Themes: This is an excellent book for discussing anger with children. The story is well paced and offers opportunities to talk about strategies to overcome anger, and also how to express what happened after the fact. This would be a great "role playing" book.
Notes: The publicist representing the author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub® for review consideration because we provide an independent, unbiased profiles. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, feelings, family
Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010
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