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"Oh is Sophie ever angry now!"
Everybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. Parents, teachers, and children can talk about it. People do lots of different things when they get angry. In this Caldecott-honor book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry. What do you do?
"...Bang's double-page illustrations, vibrating with saturated colors, that reveal the drama of the child's emotions."-SLJ, starred review
"...an elegant and thought-provoking book for...children learning how to deal with emotions." -NY Times Book Review
"Raw zigzags of color convey a girl's rage in this compassionate volume, which proposes a cure for anger. Sophie's temper flares when her sister demands a turn playing with a favorite stuffed gorilla. Matters worsen when Sophie's mother passes judgment ('It is her turn now, Sophie') and Sophie trips over a toy truck in the resulting tug-of-war. Infernal shades of orange, yellow and red liken Sophie to a shuddering volcano; a gray cat with jagged fur wisely gets out of her way. With the 'PABAM!' of a slammed door, the girl races outside. 'She runs and runs and runs until she can't run anymore. Then, for a little while, she cries.' Gradually, a calmer Sophie begins noticing birds and ferns. When she returns home, relaxed again, her sister has abandoned the gorilla in favor of a tabletop puzzle. With minimal text, Bang (Common Ground; Ten, Nine Eight) gives a realistic account of embattled siblings and prescribes self-imposed solitude. Edgy illustrations with roilingly patterned foreground shapes and looming, dark backgrounds convey Sophie's inner violence; in particular, a quiet image of a ghostly gray beech against a midnight-blue sky is reminiscent of Van Gogh's Japanese-print-inspired scenes. Bang's evocatively illustrated book suggests no quick fixes; she treats childhood emotions with respect. Ages 3-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Everybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. Parents, teachers, and children can talk about it. People do lots of different things when they get angry. In this Caldecott Honor book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry. Full color.
A funny, larger-than-life adventure for fans of No, David!
Call in the fire engires and police cars! Someone delayed sweet Sammy's nap a bit too long, or served him applesauce that was a bit too tart, and suddenly he's morphed into . . . Big Bad Baby! Now this giant tyke is on the loose, and he's taking the milk and cookie trucks by storm. No police, firefighters, or even librarians can stop him! Luckily Mom and his trusty hench dog are never far behind, and Mom has a few tricks up her sleeve. After all, every baby needs a blankie and hugs, even on really big bad days.
About the Author
Bruce Hale has written and illustrated more than 30 books for young readers, including the award-winning Chet Gecko Mysteries and Snoring Beauty
, one of Oprah's Recommended Reads for Kids. He lives in Santa Barbara, CA, with his wife, dog, and serious collection of hats. By all accounts, Bruce was a cheerful baby, although a tad mischievous.
Steve Breen is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning editorial cartoonist whose comic strip Grand Avenue regularly appears in more than 150 newspapers. He has also written and illustrated several popular picture books, including Pug and Doug, Violet the Pilot, and Stick. Steve has five children of his own, so he definitely doesn't know anything about baby tantrums. Nope, not a thing. He lives with his family in San Diego, CA.