Thursday, October 16, 2014

When the Anger Ogre Visits - a book review

Good day everyone!  Hope you are experiencing a good one.  Today's book is about anger and how we can teach our kids that everyone gets angry from time to time and how they can control and manage it.  Here are a few little snippets to make you  think  and even smile.....

Today's featured book:

Title:  When the Anger Ogre Visits
Author:  Andrée Salom
Illustrator:  Ivette Salom

Let's peek inside shall we?

About the book:
Ever feel so angry you want to explode?  Ever wonder what ogre lives inside of you that can raise its ugly head and cause you to behave in such an offensive and volatile manner?  Well this book, in a beautiful, gentle way will give kids insight and guidance as how to manage and control that ogre when he awakens and starts to roar!  They will discover that the anger ogre visits everyone and that we do have the power to calm it down and lay it to rest. "The Anger Ogre visits everybody's lives, just remember to be patient whenever it arrives."

This whimsical, playful book is written in rhyme and describes the processes as to how one little boy uses his internal resources to deal with his anger and overcome it. The illustrations are muted in colour choice, imaginative and expressive, and they dovetail perfectly with the text.  

So what are the valuable lessons that the little boy learned in regard to mastering his anger?  Rather than squash or push the ogre back down inside he must invite it in for tea.  Once sipping the brew together the little boy can sit back and observe the monster.  If the ogre is still hot and fuming more honey can be added to his tea to soften and sweeten him up.  The little boy learned to sit calmly and breathe slowly and deeply.  He imagines himself floating in his teacup, relaxing every part of his body.....letting go of his emotions and setting them free.  As he releases his fury and the tight grip the ogre has placed on him the little boy has an epiphany.  Hey, that big, strong guy is no longer overpowering and scary but is changing into something more gentle and warm.  The answer is to stay composed, act more kind and to be very patient when the ogre comes a'knocking.  Each time the angry beast reappears it will be easier and easier to control its unacceptable intrusion.   The solution is to relax, breath in deeply and make the angry ogre your friend not your enemy.  

The author gives sound, practical advice that really works.  Sharing this insight with your child can certainly make a positive change in his life and make those around him much happier.  

About the author:

Andree Salom has been a clinical art therapist for over twelve years. She is a founding member of the Colombian Art Therapy Association and an advocate for the development of art therapy in Colombia. Andee works with both adults and children to open creative paths for health and development through mindfulness, art, and emotional education. She is the author of a number of children's books in Spanish and lives in Bogota, Colombia.
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About the illustrator:

Ivette Salom is an artist who works in drawing, painting, and animation. Ivette Salomcurrently lives in Cambridge, MA.

Book Review Rating:  8 (Fantastic!)

Read on and read always! 

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