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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Johnny and Jeffrey are brothers and, like all siblings, they fought over a toy. Jeffrey became angry and turned into a growling monster, with hands changing into claws, and growing almost as tall as the ceiling. When his mother sent him to his room, Jeffrey thought about how he turned into a monster, again. At first, he blamed everything in his life – his brother, bedtime, school, and chores. He realized that when he was not angry there were qualities he liked about himself. He created his own way of coping and realized how he liked himself when he was not angry. Angry Like a Monster, by Ashley Allis, LCPC with illustrations by Matthew Rapp, is a delightful way to teach children to cope with angry feelings.
The author has written a story that will appeal to children and gives parents guidance on how to teach children to cope with strong feelings. By using everyday examples and creative problem solving, practical advice is imparted. The best use of this book would be a parent reading to the child and discussing the story, especially how the child can develop his own ways to cope with angry feelings. The illustrations are vibrant and engaging, showing the emotions Jeffrey has – any child could relate to Jeffrey’s experience. The monster and the coping machine are interesting and will expand a child’s imagination. Author Ashley Allis and illustrator Matthew Rapp have created an educational and fascinating children’s book – a great addition to any child’s library.