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Reviewed by Heather Stockard for Readers' Favorite
In Sometimes When I’m Mad, a little girl learns how to understand and cope with her feelings of anger and frustration. Like all children, she gets upset when things go wrong and doesn’t know how to handle her emotions. But she turns to her mother and father, grandma and grandpa, and even her teacher for help and guidance. They teach her what anger is, how it affects her body, and what she can do to make herself feel better. She also learns that expressing anger in the wrong way can make everything worse but that you can always make things right. Understanding what she is feeling and why helps her make better choices when she is mad. Most importantly, she learns that even if she doesn’t know what to do, she can always talk to someone about how she is feeling and that can help her feel better too.
Sometimes When I’m Mad, written by Deborah Serani, Psy.D. and illustrated by Kyra Teis, is a wonderful little storybook that teaches children about anger. Serani’s psychology expertise shines through in her beautifully simplistic explanation of emotion and its effects on the body. All children will be able to understand and relate to the little girl in this book. Serani has also included a section for parents with helpful tips on managing their child’s emotions and how to recognize signs of a more serious problem. Teis’s illustrations are gorgeous and vibrant. The colors are lovely and the figures are exquisitely drawn. This book is a must-read for all parents and children.