A young dragon learns to control emotions with help from a warm, loving family.
“I am so angry…and I don’t know why.” A dumpy green dragon is struggling. Signaled by a massive scowl and wisps of red emanating from the beast’s nose, frustration mounts. The red grows, taking over arms and legs, until the whole tot is engulfed in a fiery red hue. The accompanying text explodes in bigger and bolder lettering across the page. “Whenever I get angry, I flame! Then something gets burned.” Crayon-textured fire spews from the youngster’s mouth. Each person in the dragon’s family loses something to the blazing anger: Mommy’s flowers, Daddy’s chair, and Brother’s toys are all charred. A textured, all-black spread reveals that even the dragon feels burned. “It makes me feel so terrible and lonely and guilty.” But there is a quick fix. The little dragon just needs a hug. The whole family puts their arms around each other and squeezes. The solution seems simple after such dramatic theatrics, but such is often the case with toddler tantrums.
Authentically and sympathetically acknowledges the often mystifying nature of anger. (Picture book. 2-6)