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Angry Arthur
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2006
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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 10 January 2010
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 November 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2011
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 explain a lot as they were a bit scared. It also doesn't explain how to cope when you are angry which is the message I was looking for. I think this is more suitable for children aged around 6-9 years old.
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on 1 September 2014
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 from his anger. I know someone who still feels like his anger is unacceptable and destructive because of this book, when I'd want my kids to know that anger is a legitimate feeling when you feel wronged, but best resolved by talking and constructive action. So not to my personal taste, though it is quite memorable and well illustrated.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 June 2015
This isn't a bad book but of the 100 or so in this style that I read to children over the years, it was one of the weaker ones. It is about a boy who has a temper tantrum that gets a little out of hand and ends up with the destruction of the planet. The idea seems to be that it will be helpful to a child who feels that this or her rages are uncontrollable and dangerous. It's not a bad idea but feels too contrived, as if it were written by a child psychologist, not an author
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 September 2010
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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on 27 February 2015
A book I used a long time ago, which fell apart through overuse. I recently re-purchased the book to use for PSHE teaching with year 3 children. Lovely illustrations and language. Children with anger issues able to access the book and talk about feelings without direct reference to themselves.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2010
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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