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Angry Arthur (Sunburst Book) Paperback – September, 1997

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Here, perfectly captured in a picture book, are all the stages of a tantrum. The protagonist, Arthur, is peaceful, then defiant, then angry. He wreaks havoc in dark watercolor illustrations. Lightning strikes and winds blow. Throughout, Arthur's fierce scowl is most fearsome. Eventually, he winds down, and the storm subsides. APPROVED -- From Parents' Choice®

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Arthur?s mum won?t let him stay up to watch television. So Arthur gets angry. Very, very angry. until his anger blows the universe into little pieces. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Series: Sunburst Book
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374403864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374403867
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.9 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,552,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Marites Del Campo-rodriguez on March 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm a preschool teacher of 3's, 4's, and 5 year old children and this particular book really helped teach the children to identify their own angry feelings. The pictures really help illustrate exactly how angry the title character, Arthur, feels and how his anger can escalate to enormous proportions. We shared this book at circle time one afternoon and it generated a lot of responses from the children. They easily identified with how Arthur felt when he was angry, and how hard it can be sometimes to calm themselves. It was simple enough for them to understand, well written and illustrated. I highly recommend this book to all parents and educators as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beatriz Gonzalez-Vivas on May 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
Constantin, my 7 year old son, tends to loose his temper... This book really opened his eyes about self control. "How could a little boy generate such a mess?" he wondered and laughed... We explained to him that sometimes your bad temper can ruin your day and other's and it does not take you anywhere, in the end, you do not even remember how everything started! All that chaos and energy for nothing! Constantin loved those last pages where Arthur is sitting on is bed in outer space... We read this book in Spanish and liked it so much that now want to order it in English.
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Format: Paperback
My feelings towards this book are ambivalent. This is not one of my favorite children books - reason being this book deals with destruction and chaos, even the end of the world and for me - with my adult associations, this is very unpleasant. My child however accepts this book "as is" without questioning for once the reality / validity of the story and the power of Arthur's anger - an anger so destructive it ruins the world("Look mom, his grandma is an astronaut now"). The text is very simple and clear and the subject is very close to a child's heart... ("when I get mad"...)I think that the other reviewers are correct in saying that with the right guidance, an adult can lead the conversation and discussion of the book into an educational experience. I am just uncertain that I wish to do it. I also agree that the topic is very strong and can be related to what anger and hatred can cause - wars in general and the stupidity of man... but do you really want to get into this when you read a bedtime story...?
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