Saturday, February 17, 2018

SIMON AND THE BIG, BAD, ANGRY BEASTS: A Book About Anger by Ian De Haes

Anger Can Be A Beast Of An Enemy


Simon handles his anger by having temper tantrums. But he is discovering that each time he has a tantrum the imaginary monster he becomes grows into something larger and more fierce. Eventually, Simon’s temper is so large that no one wants to be around him. When he realizes that life has become quite lonely, he tries to figure out how to get rid of the monsters that come out when he is angry. Can he work through his anger issues and enjoy playing with his friends again?

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: Like all books of this nature, the issue is handled in a simplistic manner that is not quite realistic. I also felt the ending was very abrupt and needed a few more pages, but . . . (see below).

What I Liked Most: this is a definite start to managing anger issues and adults have several pages at the back of the book with strategies for talking to children about their emotions along with various exercises they can use to cope with anger. The illustrations are just right for this book.

Author/ Illustrator:   Ian De Haes
Publisher:  Fly Away Books, April 2018

  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Pages: 40

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