Source: From Netgalley and Flyaway Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way alters my opinions or review.
Simon and the Big, Bad, Angry Beasts by Ian De Haes
Publisher: Flyaway Books
Publication Date: April 26, 2018
When Simon gets mad, he gets REALLY mad. So mad that big, bad, angry beasts appear. At first Simon loves having the beasts around to help scare off anyone who upsets him, but over time he realizes that no one wants to be around him or the beasts. This makes Simon sad, so he decides to try to still his mind and practice being calm. And the beasts disappear!
Featuring colorful and expressive illustrations, this insightful book helps children ages 4-8 learn how to handle their anger. A guide for parents and teachers in the back of the book features strategies for talking to children about their emotions along with various exercises they can use to cope with anger.
I requested this book for the title and cover and was overwhelmed at how wonderful it is for teaching. This short little kids book is about being angry, at everyone, all the time and the monsters you can bring out. Simon has a lot of beasts to stick up for him but no one else to play with. Not only is the story here a very nice one, it is a great teaching tool and even comes with additional teaching tools and follow-ups in the last few pages for parents and adult readers.
The vibrant and fun illustrations keep it semi-light but it is an important lesson to share with young children - the importance of calm and working through your problems. This was very well put together and I think that parents will enjoy it along with their kids.