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Author: Hilary Knight

Illustrator: Hilary Knight

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Publisher: TOON Books, 2011

Material: hard cover

Summary: Nina gets frustrated. Not just by one person, but different people in her family. Is getting mad working for her? This is a graphic novel / cartoon-style easy reader with a story about how to deal with your feelings.

Type of Reading: family reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Reading Level: 1.4

Age of Child: Read with a 3-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter loved this book. She could relate to nearly every single situation Nina was in. She actually emulated Nina after. For example, she began talking about her anger rather than throwing tantrums.

Adult Reader Reaction: I really liked this book and the lessons it taught my child. It demonstrates the power of using words rather than throwing fits when upset.

Pros: The pictures are enjoyable! The comic feel to the story helps get across an important lesson in a way that doesn't sound "preachy."

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that parents should share with most 3- to 4-year olds repeatedly. It will also come in handy for first graders who are learning to read (and need a refresher course).

If You Liked This Book, Try: ANH'S ANGER   I LOVE MY NEW TOY! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)   GOOD DOG, AGGIE

Educational Themes: Use this book as a way to show children options better than throwing tantrums.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - graphic novel, easy reader series, family, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: August 2015

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