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Bang, Molly. When Sophie Gets Angry- Really Really Angry. Blue Sky Press, 1999. 32 pages. ISBN-13: 978-0-590-18979-8


What’s the story?

When she is asked to share her toy with her sister, Sophie gets really, really angry and runs away.


In this multiple award winning book, including the Caldecott Honor, a little girl named Sophie explodes with rage after her sister snatches her toy gorilla away and causes her to fall on to a toy truck. Sophie has an angry fit which is demonstrated via an explosive rage illustrated with bursts of color and words formed into shapes of fire and volcanic eruptions. After she wanders away from home, she finds soothing comfort by climbing a tree and feeling the calming forces of a breeze and the sound of the waves from the ocean view. This book explores the natural process of anger and our ability to overcome it. The illustrations are a mix of vivid and saturated colors which emphasize Sophie’s array of emotions as the story progresses. This is a wonderful book for children and adults to discuss emotions and feelings of fairness or lack of fairness with the concept of sharing.

Awards and Recognition

Caldecott Honor Book 2000
Charlotte Zolotow Award 2000
American Library Association Notable Books for Children 2000
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