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on 3 March 2009
Really like this book- distancing kids from their (and others!) tantrums and similar behaviours - .
Usually the kid in the book is `Katie honours' lovely and pretty good, and when stressful things happen, like when her brother breaks her castle she's spent lots of time building and asked him not to touch, she can say that's ok, but sometimes she gets so angry she loses control and becomes `bomabaloo'. -and Bombaloo does lots of not good things, like shouting, throwing toys and other stuff around. She says how she has to go and sit in her room until she calms down, but when she's Bombaloo she doesn't want to calm down, she wants to shout, destroy etc...
and afterwards gets a hugs as it feels scary being bombaloo, is helped to clear up the mess bombaloo has made

When I found this book I had just listened to Ectarckt Tolle `Living liberated from pain' cd, and this is the kind of way he recommends teaching children about all of this, so is good to find a book that does this so well.....Bombaloo is essentially `the pain body' he talks about distancing ourselves from. Before this book me and C were trying to think of a name to describe the strange monster that appears when children (and adults!) lose their rag, bombaloo is a good name i reckon....

It doesn't really have any other solutions to the stopping becoming bombaloo, but having more understanding of this `fight' response to certain stressful situations is surely a good thing-having bomabaloo as a tag word as a reminder when losing control to aggressive anger .... which can help stop Bombaloo taking or keeping control : )

and essentially its not really them that are doing those things, it is the fight response to stressful situations, it's bombaloo
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on 24 August 2012
with simple sentences and evocative illustrations, this book explains how anger feels. My son really likes this book and has asked for it again and again. He's very serious about it, and is similar to Katie in many ways. Like her, he's a good kid who sometimes loses control and gets angry. I also think that like her, those emotions frighten him and he feels bad about hurting people when he's Bombaloo.
This book has allowed him to better identify, understand and accept what is going on, thus also allowing him to control his emotions better.
I don't like Katie's reaction of throwing things around when she's angry, but the images aren't too precise and since my son is three and a half, i just change the words around to fit his version of 'Bombaloo'.
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on 17 May 2014
Great little story about a little girl who on occasion loses control of her emotions. One criticism is that it is written as if written by the child (ie my toys with sixty forty eight small pieces) so grammatically lacking. However my son loves the concept and it helps us all understand he loses control sometimes and that's ok.
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