Finn Throws a Fit

by David Elliott and Timothy Basil Ering

“Finn likes peaches. Usually.” An exuberant picture book takes a look... read more

“Finn likes peaches. Usually.” An exuberant picture book takes a look at what happens on a day Finn decides peaches are not for him. In fact, nothing can make Finn happy today, and the resulting tantrum is like a force of nature—literally. “Thunder in the nursery! Lightning in the kitchen!” When Finn cries, the house floods. When Finn screams, there’s an avalanche. When Finn kicks—earthquake! It’s all Finn’s bemused parents can do to hold on in the midst of the havoc until Finn’s fury spends itself. And then, “Ahhhhhhh!... He’d like those peaches now. Please.” The perfectly realized metaphor in David Elliott’s picture book is at once funny and emotionally truthful. Timothy Basil Ering’s slightly offbeat illustrations (Finn is egg-shaped, but still all child) capture both the chaos and the comforting calm as the story and the tantrum wind down. (Ages 2–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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