THAT MAKES ME MAD! by Steven Kroll

THAT MAKES ME MAD!

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Age Range: 4 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

Re-introducing Nina, a grammar-school girl first on the scene in 1976, who doesn’t have any trouble expressing her feelings of anger. With each page, she faces a new situation, but all of them lead to the same reaction: “When you won’t let me help and I know I can, that makes me mad.” Or: “When you make a promise and then you break it . . . ” While illuminating the reality of children’s frustration and anger, this works for young readers, who can relate to Nina’s challenging predicament, and for adults who may overlook a child’s intense desire to become independent. Parents would also be wise to use the story as a lesson for teaching the importance of patience, since sometimes the things that make Nina mad turn out okay. In new illustrations, Davenier (The First Thing My Mama Told Me, 2002, etc.) animates Nina and her family with swift brushstrokes using watercolor to create a layered effect that shades with a combination of techniques, including a dab of acrylic on a semi-dry brush that bares a striking likeness to crayon. The uncommon style used to create spilling water is particularly effective. Black pencil lends definition and a rainbow of color creates fun, unusual-looking hair. A useful topic, worthy of exploration. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 1-58717-183-X
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: SeaStar/North-South
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2002




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