Book Review – How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger

How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger how-to-take-the-grrrr-out-of-anger
Written By: Elizabeth Verdick & Marjorie Lisovskis
Illustrated By: Mike Gordon
Published By: Free Spirit Publishing, 2003, First Edition, 120 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-1575421179

Product Description – From
“Anger is a part of life. We can’t avoid it, we shouldn’t stuff it, and we can’t make it go away. Kids need help learning how to manage their anger. This book speaks directly to kids and offers strategies they can start using immediately. Blending tips and ideas with jokes and funny cartoons, it guides kids to understand that anger is normal and can be expressed in many ways—some healthy, some not. It teaches them how to recognize anger in themselves and others, how to deal with situations and emotions (loneliness, guilt, frustration, fear) that lead to or mask anger, and how to deal with the anger they feel. Young readers learn that violence is not acceptable and there are better, safer ways to resolve conflicts. They also discover what to do when people around them are angry, how to get help, and how to locate other resources (books, hotlines, school groups) when they need more support.”

How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger is an invaluable resource for parents, grandparents, teachers, childcare providers, etc. I have a son who is almost 11 and he has moments when he gets really angry but doesn’t seem to be able to express himself properly; after reading this book and talking about it with me, he is able to control his anger to a better extent and feels calmer. This book has done a wonderful job; bringing together many useful, tried and true anger management techniques and some new ones as well. For children and pre-teens who need to learn new ways of accepting and managing their anger, this is a ‘must –read’; it is written at their reading level so it should be easily understood. With artistic, expressive illustrations, the reader will be encouraged to continue onward through the pages, if only to see more of the amusing pictures. This book would work best with children and pre-teens who are not in a continual, full-blown anger/rage cycle and this book would be a brilliant preventative tool and it is an incredible resource that should be introduced to children when they reach 8-9 years of age; a book that should be in every home and classroom. Children are growing up a lot faster nowadays then they did in my time and they really need healthy, innovative coping mechanisms and ideas that work; this book is just the answer that we’ve been waiting for! Included at the back is an index and several pages of resources for kids, parents and teachers.
How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger is the recipient of the National Parenting Publication’s (NAPPA) 2003 Gold Award in the ages 9 and up category and the Children’s Resources Honors Award.
I would recommend this book for children and pre-teen’s 9-12 years of age.

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A special thanks to Free Spirit Publishing for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy


6 thoughts on “Book Review – How to Take the GRRRR Out of Anger

  1. The anger book sounds like something I need to get – my daughter sometimes has issues expressing herself when she is angry. Thanks for the review!

  2. Hi Stephanie,

    I hope you can get a copy for your daughter. It was really useful for my son and even taught me a few things too. :-)
    You’re very welcome for the review.

  3. Hi Angie,

    It is indeed; it is a book that should be available to everyone with children. What child doesn’t get angry, even once in a while? ;-)
    You are most welcome for the review.

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