Anh's Anger


Anh is building the tallest tower of blocks he's ever made. When Grandfather calls him to dinner, he doesn't want to stop playing and has a tantrum. Grandfather sends him to his room to "sit with his anger," which confuses Anh ... until the anger monster arrives. The hairy red creature helps Anh understand his anger and work through it.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

With an anger monster to help them, kids can learn to deal with their anger and help themselves through it.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, really. I would like to have seen a simple step-by-step chart that kids could put on the bulletin board/refrigerator/bedroom wall.

Little Kid Reaction

We had lots of "uh-oh's" in the beginning. There were a couple of times I could tell that my daughter wanted to say something about Anh's behavior but then stopped because she saw herself.

Parent Reaction

This is a lovely story. There are lots of kids books about feelings, but this one sets itself apart. I like that the kids can "see" anger both figuratively (in the monster) and literally (in Anh's behavior). The monster is not over-the-top and in fact helps Anh (as opposed to encouraging him to get angry again). The collage illustrations really add to the story.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book to help kids understand and overcome anger.
Educational Themes:

This is an excellent book for discussing anger with children. The story is well paced and offers opportunities to talk about strategies to overcome anger, and also how to express what happened after the fact. This would be a great "role playing" book.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 8
Age of child:
Read with an 8-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. If you have a child prone to tantrums, this is a must-buy.

Title Anh's Anger
Author Gail Silver
Publisher Plum Blossom © 2009
Illustrators Christiane Kromer
ISBN 9781888375947
Material Hard Cover
Cost $16.95
Genres Family, Emotions and Feelings
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