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Angry Arthur [Paperback]

Hiawyn Oram , Satoshi Kitamura
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7 Aug 2008
Once there was a boy called Arthur, who wanted to stay up and watch TV, but his mother wouldn't let him. "I'll get angry," said Arthur, and he did. Very, very angry...

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842707744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842707746
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hiawyn has had nearly a hundred books published in more than 26 languages. Many have been used on children's programmes, including Book Tower, Jackanory, and The Tweenies. She has also written scripts for children's animation series and book and lyrics for musicals including the highly acclaimed 'THE VACKEES' and the concert piece 'LAST TRAIN TO TOMORROW.' When she's not writing she paints and has had several successful exhibitions.

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"Kitamura is one of the world's most original and stylish children's illustrators." (Sunday Times)

"Kitamura's arresting, thought-provoking drawings confirm him as one of our finest and most versatile illustrators." (The Guardian)

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New Andersen paperback edition of this Kitamura classic about a boy who gets very, very angry.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect storm of a 3-year old's tantrum 7 Dec 2006
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Angry Arthur is a beautifully perceptive observation of a 3-year old boy's tantrum when told to turn off the TV and go to bed. He progresses from destroying his house and street to a shattering "universe quake", despite attempts to soothe him by various loved ones. When he eventually does calm down, he has no recollection of what triggered the episode in the first place. I was lucky enough to happen upon this book in the library when my son was three. We both loved it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars angry arthur 15 Mar 2009
I bought this for my son when he was three, and read it to him often. He's now in his twenties and asks where the book has gone so much, as it has memories for him (probably because he recognized the feelings it describes so well), that I bought him a new copy.He loves it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My sometimes angy six year old enjoyed it 10 Jan 2010
By Rachel
My six year old son who often gets angry enjoys the story and is amazed at the impact of Arthur's anger. It helps to promote some discussion with him about anger.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great book! 11 Jun 2010
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I work with children with behavioural difficulties- many having problems managing their anger. I bought this book last week and have used it every day this week. Children (and adults too!) love it! The story is ver simple but the pictures provide a wealth of prompts for discussion. How do you know Arthur is angry (by his face, body , folded arms, clenched fists)- How do you feel when you get angry?
Children also love the detailed pictures of the trail of destruction Arthur leaves in his wake.i love the one of his granny sitting on a rocking chair, whizzing through space with a space helmet on, while knitting!
This little book was worth every penny. Showed it to a colleague today,who loved it so much I gave it to her and am just about to buy another copy.
Buy this book- it's great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No more rages! 9 Sep 2010
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Bought this book after reading somewhere that it can help start a discussion with your child if they are having difficulties. My son was flying into blind rages (he was 6 at the time) both at home and school. We read this book together and it seemed to help him open up. At the end he even said that Arthur was just like him (the way he feels sometimes). We discussed how this rage feels like to him and how to try and stop it before it gets out of control. We also talked about him taking up a hobby, which he has done. Thanks to this book my son is now at Karate twice a week and doing very well at karate, school and home! What more could a parent want? My son is now much happier and so are we!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book review 14 Nov 2010
This is an excellent book as a starting point in discussing the feeling of Anger with the reluctant conversationist. The manner in which the story is told lends itself to a natural flow of talk with the child,allowing the child to come out with examples of his own situations where h has felt angry.
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Lovely book and illustrations but not quite what I was looking for...
It tells the story of a boy who cannot control his anger for very little reason, he gets increasingly angry until the world explodes and then cannot remember why he was angry in the first place.
I personally was looking for something around getting angry with others and how to control your emotions - but this didn't quite deliver. I've given it to a friend who's child does struggle to cope with his anger, rather than use it on my boys who just annoy each other like siblings do.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nihilistic and scary as a children's book
This tells the story of a boy whose anger destroys the world. I found it sad and scary that no-one talked to the boy about his feelings and there was no redemption or resolution... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Psychologist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Excellent book I read it to my children when they were small.I can't wait to show it to my grandson.
Published 7 months ago by linda macavoray allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Angry Arthur
This is an excellent book to help children to discuss their feelings and their fears about the potential destruciiveness of anger and how to manage it.
Published 10 months ago by Martin Mannion
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 year olds may struggle with the comparisons
This book is slightly old fashioned and the imagery is a bit far fetched. My 3 year old twins struggled to understand the far fetched consequences of Arthurs anger and I had to... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2011 by LCasey
2.0 out of 5 stars very dull and uninspiring, kids not interested at all
arrived promptly and in good condition but that's as much as I can be positive about.
This book is very dark and uninteresting to my daughters aged 5 and 8. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2010 by I love my Nanny June xx
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story just a little extreme
It's quite a good book as a story but I wanted it to start discussions with my grandson about feelings and it is a little extreme. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2010 by Cookie freak
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