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In a reassuring manner, Robie H. Harris and Molly Bang portray what happens when a little boy feels SO frustrated and SO mad at a parent who has said NO all day long. In this family book about what it feels like to say--and hear--those other three words, Harris and Bang delicately navigate the most profound bonds between a parent and a child.
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Robie Harris is the author of award-winning, bestselling books for children. She has worked with illustrator Michael Emberley on many books, including It's Perfectly Normal!, It's So Amazing!, Happy Birth Day! and Hi New Baby!. She is also the author of the Just Being Me series, illustrated by Nicole Hollander, as well as a number of fiction picture books. Robie is acclaimed for her understanding of child development and the ability to explain issues in an accessible, honest manner. Robie lives in Massachusetts and her Web site is www.robieharris.com.
Molly Bang has written and illustrated books for children for over twenty-five years, and is the recipient of three Caldecott Honors. Her illustrations for such books as When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry and The Paper Crane have been hailed as "masterfully evocative of mood and place" (Booklist). Molly lives in Massachusetts and California and maintains a Web site at www.mollybang.com.
Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1—In this companion to When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry... (Scholastic, 1999), Harris's wisdom and sense of humor regarding early childhood behavior complement Bang's depictions of a little boy's strong emotions. Vivid colors, scanned and digitally manipulated paper cutouts and photographs, and fonts of varied sizes portray the tension between a preoccupied mother and her bored youngster. Leo rolls tomatoes in the house until they burst, drops string beans into the fish bowl, and squeezes toothpaste all over the toilet, collecting maternal "no's" as he goes. Ultimately pushed off the page by a fiery, life-size negation, the boy enters his bedroom, declares it a no-rule zone, and takes out his frustration by coloring a frowning mommy on his wall. The confrontation builds as she ignores his dictate, and Leo utters the fateful phrase. The tiny boy in the next spread is a picture of remorse and regret. The denouement offers a realistic and loving dialogue that should be required reading in parenting and anger-management classes. Mom takes a deep breath, eventually gets a grip, and together they talk about when it is and isn't acceptable to verbalize this four-letter word. Children will delight in the realism of the collage elements (cloud-covered sheets, shaggy stuffed animals, exploding broccoli spears) and relate to the intensity of the scenes in which Leo struggles with his rage and lack of power. It may dawn on parents that sometimes playing is better than getting another thing done.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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Book Description Little Brown Books for Young Readers, New York, NY. USA, 2008. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. Bang, Molly (illustrator). 1st Edition. 1st edition/1st printing. Seller Inventory # 009435
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