The current England heatwave is certainly bringing out the worst in my darling children! What better way to enjoy a tantrum than in a book?! Here are two recent paperbacks to celebrate the joys of bad moods…
No!: Tracey Corderoy & Tim Warnes (Little Tiger Press, 2013)
Archie was adorable. Everybody said so… But then Archie learns the word “No!” and uses it all the time. No food; no bath; definitely no bed! No proper clothes; no coat; no playing nicely! Except, soon Archie is missing out on nice things from saying No! all the time, and it’s time to learn a new word.
Archie is adorable. An adorable baby rhino, even more perfect to read for us as we’ve recently seen the baby rhino at Cotswold Wildlife Park. And can you get anything cuter than a toddler rhino dressed up in a tiger suit? Well, possibly, but it’s pretty close to cuteness overload!
DG is being very similar to Archie at the moment. Mr Chaos was off work this week and offered to take her swimming (she loves water) but she threw a tantrum because I wasn’t going (I dislike swimming pools for various reasons, including that the last time I took MG & DG, DG almost drowned. It may have been nearly three years ago, and the lifeguard pulled her out before any problems, but I haven’t taken them since…) No! she screams at the top of her lungs, hitting Daddy. Do not despair, she does not have a favourite parent, I get exactly the same treatment at the moment too. Ugh. But reading books like this, although aimed at toddlers rather than four year olds, reminds us all that we all have our moments and we can say sorry. Destructo-Girl is adorable, too…
Olive and the Bad Mood: Tor Freeman (Brubaker, Ford & Friends, 2013)
It’s hard, when you’re in a bad mood. When I’m in a bad mood, I just want to be left alone. Grump. Olive is like this too. She has just had a rubbish start to the day, falling over and losing a button on her dungarees. It’s frustrating, annoying, and understandable. This is a story that can be potentially controversial, depending how you read it. For children, it’s a funny and silly story. For grown ups, we could start talking about how mean Olive is to all her friends; how unnecessary it was for her to say the things she says to them; how there isn’t a good moral to the story because she makes them all in a mood and then takes credit for cheering them up…
But for MG and DG it is a silly story. Poor Olive with her little stormcloud. When we’re angry or in a bad mood we can do things we don’t mean to. Olive loves her friends really, but she couldn’t show it properly because everything seemed so wrong in the world for her at the start. This would be a good story to use when talking about feelings. Or just enjoy it for the silliness, and the wonderful illustrations.
I can’t dislike this book even if I try! It has a girl playing dinosaurs, and a boy wearing a hat with a feather; and a boy playing football, and a girl with a frilly pink skirt; and five friends enjoying jelly worms together. No gender stereotyping, no segregation. And Mighty-Girl thinks it’s really funny, which is all you really need to know.
Disclaimer: We were sent copies of No! by Little Tiger Press and Olive and the Bad Mood by Templar Publishing for review. No other financial reward was given and the opinions are my own. I was not asked to write this post.