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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
LaLa's Angry Pizza is an educational picture book for children, grades K-3, written by Tela Kayne and illustrated by Goran Vitanovic. LaLa’s mom instantly knew something was wrong with LaLa when she got home from school that afternoon. Her daughter’s face was one big frown, and she seemed ready to blow up with frustration and anger. LaLa had had an awful day. She had spilled her drink at lunch and gotten in trouble with a teacher in class -- nothing had gone right at all. Her mom had a bowl of fresh, sweet strawberries waiting for her but that just didn’t do it. Even a hug from her mom didn’t help LaLa get over her feelings of anger. Then LaLa had an idea. She grabbed her play dough and began kneading and punching it. As she began to create her masterpiece, LaLa’s mom could see her daughter’s face light up and even a little smile appear.
Tela Kayne’s educational picture book for children, grades K-3, LaLa's Angry Pizza, highlights the importance of understanding when kids feel bad and providing them with outlets to dispel those negative emotions. Kayne provides a safe and easy-to-make recipe for Homemade Play Dough using natural dyes so kids can practise making their own angry pizzas after reading this entertaining and instructive book. It’s all too easy for adults to overlook the intensity of a child’s world and personal experiences. This book helps kids and caregivers alike focus on anger and negative emotions, and shows them how to channel it creatively. Goran Vitanovic’s illustrations work beautifully with the story. I especially love the facial expressions he gives LaLa and her mom -- and that angry pizza is a masterpiece. LaLa's Angry Pizza is most highly recommended.