Lasky The TANTRUM

ISBN 13: 9780027516616

The TANTRUM

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Grace is having the biggest tantrum of her life, but the only problem is that she cannot remember why she is so angry. By the author of Sugaring Time.

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From Publishers Weekly:

In this rather slight story that may disappoint readers of Lasky's more memorable books, including Sugaring Time and I Have an Aunt on Marlborough Street , Grace is having a tantrum. As she slams her head against the bed and bangs her feet against the wall, her parents try in vain to calm her down, and her older brother torments her with glib remarks ("Gracie's having a little tantrum, a fit, a fitsky"). Still the red-head stomps and fumes ("I felt my face turn monster green and tight as a wet knot in a shoelace"), even though she has forgotten what set her off to begin with. Recalling her brother's past tantrums, Grace is comforted by the thought that her mother is there to make her children feel safe at such times. And, Grace concludes, she too will grow up someday and leave tantrums behind, "because scuff marks from big shoes look real silly on a wall." Though lacking the vitality and whimsy of her illustrations for Buffalo Girls and Ten Little Hippos: A Counting Book , McCarthy's cartoonlike watercolors convey just the right balance of amusement and commiseration. Ages 3-6.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-K-A smiling child with a glint of mischief in her eyes states, "'I had a tantrum today.'" And that she did, as she relates how she slammed, kicked, roared, tore, and more, concluding with the admission that she can't remember what made her so angry. Such unruly behavior seems perfectly acceptable in the children of this household ("'I'll grow up too, someday, and not have any more fits or tantrums...'")-but it's sure to raise some eyebrows in more traditional homes. Sure, kids need to express themselves, and let their feelings out-but is it really O.K. to spend years out of control? McCarthy's pale illustrations lack the depth of colors needed for these heated emotions, and fail to supply the much-needed added dimension. They also lack coordination with the text; when Grace says she slammed the door, the picture shows her kicking the dish of dog food. Questionable bibliotherapy, unnecessary purchase.
Trev Jones, School Library Journal
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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