When Sophie Gets Angry...Really, Really Angry

by Molly Bang

When her sister snatches a stuffed gorilla out of Sophie’s hands, announcing... read more

When her sister snatches a stuffed gorilla out of Sophie’s hands, announcing that it’s her turn to play with it, young Sophie gets so angry that she kicks and screams, roars a “red, red roar,” and feels like a volcano, ready to explode. Rather than striking out, however, Sophie dispels her anger by running outside into her backyard and climbing a treewhere “the wide world comforts her.” Bang’s obvious respect for the intensity of a young child’s emotions comes through in an understated narrative that follows the perfect arc of a tantrum. Little Sophie’s “red, red roar” is followed by some time alone which allows her to put the pieces of her world back together again. A spare, subtly rhyming text varies syntactical patterns to reflect Sophie’s changing mood, offering a quiet contrast to the loud, exaggerated visual depiction of Sophie’s anger and eventual denouement. (Ages 2-7) Winner, 2000 Charlotte Zolotow Award

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2000

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