Tame Your Emotions – Feeling Angry by Susie Williams

The Blurb On The Back:

Have you felt angry before?  How did it feel?  Did you want to shout and stamp your feet?  Did you know how to calm down?

This book will tell you all about angry feelings and what you can do to deal with them.

The Tame Your Emotions series encourages children to talk about their feelings and learn easy ways to deal with them.  Each book contains notes for parents, teachers and carers with suggestions for activities for how to help children better understand their emotions.

FEELING ANGRY: A KID’S GUIDE TO COPING WITH ANGER was released in the United Kingdom on 9th June 2022.  Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the review copy of this book

You can order FEELING ANGRY: A KID’S GUIDE TO COPING WITH ANGER by Susie Williams from Amazon UK, Waterstone’s or Bookshop.org UK.  I earn commission on any purchases made through these links.

The Review (Cut For Spoilers):

Susie Williams is a children’s non-fiction author and editor.  This is a solid book (part of the TAME YOUR EMOTIONS series) for readers aged 5+ that uses pictures of animals to introduce children to the topic of anger as an emotion, how it feels, why it can be destructive and how they can control it.  There’s a section for parents/carers/teachers at the back on how to tackle the topic plus some further reading suggestions at the back.

Williams does a good job of taking readers through what it feels like to be angry and what triggers it, moving onto look at how you can tackle some of those triggers, how you behave when you’re angry (including what behaviour – such as pushing or hitting – is not acceptable) and techniques for what to do after you’ve been angry (including apologising).  I liked the way Williams includes questions to the reader because this makes them think about the topic more and encourages self-reflect.  For the most part I also liked the way that this book uses pictures of animals to illustrate its points but I did worry that when the picture is funny or a bit goofy it might detract a little from what Williams is saying.

There is a section at the back of the book for parents, caregivers and teachers that explains how to use the book to tackle the topic of anger and make young readers think about it, together with some suggestions for activities that can be done along side it.  There’s also a useful section offering suggestions for further reading.

All in all, I thought that this was a useful introduction to emotions for young readers and on the strength of this book, I would check out the others in the series.

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