Saturday, February 24, 2018

"Simon And The Big, Bad, Angry Beasts" - a bookwap

Anger is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone or something you feel has deliberately done you wrong. Anger can be a good thing. It can give you a way to express negative feelings, for example, or motivate you to find solutions to problems. But excessive anger can cause problems. Today's story is about the latter.... oh boy!!!!


"Simon And The Big, Bad, Angry Beasts"
A book about Anger

Created by Ian De Haas

Ages:  4-8
Grade Levels:  PS- 3
Publisher:  Flyaway Books (April 26, 2018) 

Unwrapping some wonderful illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

Simon has definite anger issues.  When his anger flairs up he becomes out of control and huge, spine-chilling beasts appear out of nowhere, take over his emotions and together they attack anyone who causes his anger to erupt.  

He comes to the realization that each time he throws a monumental temper tantrum the forever shape-shifting imaginary monsters grow more in size and become even more snarly and vicious.  Oh my!!!  

Simon soon discovers that his demonic beasts are not his friends because once they manifest themselves his family and friends flee leaving him all alone and friendless.  Is this how he wants to live his life isolated and stigmatized because of his unstoppable anger outbursts? 

Simon makes a decision that he must learn to calm down and irradiate those beasts once and for all.  He practices breathing exercises and mindful techniques that soothe his anger episodes and   makes him composed and serene.  

The illustrations are the perfect visuals to accompany such a tale.  They are meaningful and effective. Adults have several pages at the back of book that contain strategies they can discuss with their children and various exercises that can be used to cope when dealing with anger issues. This book would be a wonderful asset in an individual classroom or elementary school library setting. 

  Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author/illustrator

Ian De Haes is a painter. He has always been drawn to drawing and painting. After studying computer graphics in Namur, he began illustrative studies in Brussels. Ian is what could be called "a true Belgian" because, having spent his childhood in Leuven and his adolescence in the Ardennes, he has been living in Brussels for a few years. Apart from the time he devotes to painting and illustration, he works as a bookseller specializing in children's literature. He is passionate about this field and had long wanted to combine his art and the book for children.

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