What Should I Do When I Feel Angry?

Children - Educational
41 Pages
Reviewed on 05/23/2020
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? is an educational children’s book by Charlie Lumière. It is a wonderful book that teaches toddlers a healthy way to deal with their anger and feel better. The author shares an alternative to the usual reactions a child may have when they are feeling angry or frustrated with a certain situation. The narrative is often funny, and the illustrations drive the point home. The narrative encourages the child to understand what anger is, understand why they are angry, and then control it. Children learn to control their anger at the moment and learn how they can control such outbursts in the future.

Charlie Lumière shares a very important message in a very simple way. What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? is not only helpful for children but educational for parents as well. Most of the time, parents and elders undermine a child’s emotions and disregard them. This book is a gentle reminder to those parents that children too can feel anger and frustration, but they cannot handle these emotions like an adult. The illustrations make it easier for the child to understand what they should do and for the parents to imagine how they should react. I found the narrative to be simple, understandable, and engaging. Young readers will have fun imagining a balloon and letting it float away. Their parents can have fun reading the book to them or with them as a bedtime story or as a daytime activity. It is such a simple yet very important topic that most parents should look into and help their children develop healthy habits. Very educational and interactive.

Lois Henderson

What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? is written by personal development coach and former English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher Charlie Lumière and illustrated by Hilman Makhluf. It tells of a penguin who does not know what to do about his feelings of anger. He considers the options that are open to him to remain calm and keep his cool, among which are yelling and screaming and making everyone upset, and crying until he falls asleep. His panda bear buddy then comes along and tells him that it’s okay to be angry sometimes and to talk about one’s feelings, but that one always has the power to make oneself feel better. His friend then tells him that he has a trick that can restore his calm and shares what he knows about managing his anger with his buddy.

Charlie Lumière and Hilman Makhluf’s What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? is a bright and cheerful book, with likable and relatable characters. Written primarily to teach children how they can control their anger by letting go of it, the book should prove to be a valuable resource for any child with anger problems. I loved the simplicity and directness of the method described, and how accessible it is to children, with the only “equipment” required being a balloon. Charlie Lumière’s background as an ESL teacher is clearly shown, making the contents of What Should I Do When I Feel Angry?, accompanied by Hilman Makhluf’s clear and simple color drawings, appealing to any preschooler.

Sarah Stuart

Anger management the way Charlie Lumière describes it in What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? is a technique that can be applied by everyone, but it is particularly useful to parents, carers, and teachers challenged by the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten age groups. The cartoon character used to express the feelings described in the text is drawn so that each one is vivid and relatable. It covers anger and the frustration it brings, the possible behavioral reactions – yelling, screaming, crying, hitting others, pretending not to be angry and boiling inside, comfort eating, and trying to concentrate on television programs. And then... a sure-fire way of releasing anger and any other nasty feelings and feeling calm again. Even a toddler could listen and watch an adult demonstrate.

I was filled with admiration by the cartoon-style sketch of a penguin in What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? by Charlie Lumière. Every line used expresses the feelings described equally simply and vividly in the text. They are sharp, stabbing like daggers, as he expresses his feelings of anger; when he’s puzzled they are different and surrounded by question marks as he wonders sadly how he can feel calm again. Gradually, the penguin changes to “interested” as a panda comforts him, and then thoughtful and hopeful when the way to feeling better is explained. What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? by Charlie Lumière is a must-have for everyone involved with children; incredibly helpful and a joy to read.

Trisha Dawn

Charlie Lumière’s What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? is an educational story with simple but colorful illustrations. The story tells about a penguin struggling with handling his own feelings. It is filled with several easy-to-understand discussions and relatable situations where the adorable penguin shows certain common behaviors when feeling angry, which children will surely relate to. He also shows how these behaviors could make your anger worse instead of dissipating it. With the help of the penguin’s friend, the panda, he finds a solution on how to handle his anger properly. Join the penguin as he expresses his feelings and discovers a solution to the struggles he is facing

What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? by Charlie Lumière is an enlightening and well-written children’s story. It is a great book for parents to read with their children since it has short, but meaningful discussions about behaviors that can worsen your anger and behaviors that can help dissipate anger. This book contains adorable illustrations which help convey the important message that the author has for the young reader, which is: it is better to let go of the anger rather than keep it in. My favorite part of the book was the ending where the panda presented a simple but helpful solution to the penguin’s anger problem. This marvelous story was easy to understand and it will certainly be a great help to children who are still learning to handle and express their feelings. Although the story was short, it managed to clearly and accurately convey the message and lessons that it wants the reader to learn. It was definitely a fascinating read. Well done!

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

Do you ever feel angry? I know I do. But I try not to take out my anger on my friends and family. It doesn’t always work because that feeling of anger can sometimes be so overpowering. I try all kinds of different things to make the anger to go away. It can be very difficult. The most important thing to do is recognize your anger, not let it build up inside you. There are different strategies to control this unrelenting anger. Perhaps you could blow up a balloon, then let the air whoosh out to symbolize the release of your anger. Not to mention, it might make you giggle when the unavoidable whooshing noise explodes. You can also find someone to talk to about your anger and see if ranting to a listening, caring ear helps. Don’t bottle up that anger, or it never really will go away.

Charlie Lumière’s picture book story, What Should I Do When I Feel Angry?, is an excellent resource for parents, caregivers, teachers, and even children to help relieve the strain of unrelenting anger. Using bold colors for the backdrop of each page to highlight the text, the author presents many sides of anger before discussing possible solutions to help alleviate anger. He discusses breathing techniques (coupled with the balloon exercise) as well as pointing out various aggressive anger behaviors to try to avoid. The protagonist leads the reader through his anger issues and presents several possible solutions to try, pointing out how important it is not to allow anger to take control. This is an excellent anger management book for young readers and their caregivers and educators.