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PreSchool-Grade 1—Anyone who has ever had a bad day will recognize this scenario. After his mother makes the innocent mistake of asking her son if he would like some peaches, she watches as his mood goes from cranky to downright earthshaking. The illustrations, done in a messy mix of charcoal, oil paint, and grease pencil, capture the angry energy of the tantrum. Similar to David Shannon's "David" books (Scholastic), Finn is less mischievous and more prone to meltdowns. Overall, the book is fun and captures the essence of a cranky toddler whose moods can change as fast as the weather.—Kate Neff, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL END

About the Author

David Elliott is the author of the New York Times best-selling picture book AND HERE'S TO YOU!, illustrated by Randy Cecil, and ON THE FARM, illustrated by Holly Meade. He lives in Warner, New Hampshire.

Timothy Basil Ering is the illustrator of the Newbery Medal-winning THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX by Kate DiCamillo and the author-illustrator of THE STORY OF FROG BELLY RAT BONE and NECKS OUT FOR ADVENTURE! He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; First Edition, 3rdPrinting edition (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763623563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763623562
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.5 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Elliott is a NY Times bestselling children's author. His many titles include: And Here's to You!, The Transmogrification of Roscoe Wizzle, The Evangeline Mudd books, Finn Throws a Fit!, Jeremy Cabbage and the Living Museum, and most recently the picture book, In the Wild. Born in Ohio, David has worked as a singer, a cucumber washer, and a popsicle stick maker. Currently, he lives in New Hampshire with his wife and a three-footed dog. If you'd like to know more about David and his books, visit his blog/website at davidelliottbooks.com

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Format: Hardcover
Peaches are really pretty good . . . most of the time. You can sit in your little green chair with a smile on your face, swing your little feet tucked into those oversized yellow boots and just feel that fuzzy peach in your hand. Life is good. BUT on some days you just want to sit in your little green chair, wrap yourself up in your blankie, snuggle it up under your nose and when Mommy offers you that fuzzy peach all sliced up . . . BOOM! That is when little boys named Finn are cranky and "anything could happen." Daddy tries to play ball with him, but even the Jack-in-the-box goes BOING when the thunder and lightning (crash, boom, bang!) erupt over Finn's head. Look out! The little tornado is on the run! Life is not good.

Things rock. They roll. Finn slams the door in his nursery shutting out Mommy and Daddy. The little yellow boots go flying when Daddy brings him into the kitchen. The lightning makes everyone grimace. Did you ever hear such noise coming out of such a little boy? He's rocking, rolling and tumbling from here to there. He cries so much that the house begins to flood and Mommy has to stand on a table to escape the rising water, but the puppy dog simply paddles his way through the horror. "He screams. Look out! Avalanche! He kicks. An earthquake shakes the world." Will the little house survive the terrifying ordeal it has to go through when "FINN THROWS A FIT?"

This is a hilarious little story that every parent can relate to. I laughed and giggled and recalled a few choice memories with each page. Tantruming toddlers are a fact of life and adorable little Finn with his little blankie and little yellow boots will charm your socks off, even when he's rocking and rolling through the entire house.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By www.firrkids.com on October 23, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As the title implies, Finn has been known to fall prey to a bad mood or two. And when Finn feels the urge to throw a fit, he really gets into it. His body language belies his dark mood - blanket clutched tightly about his shoulders, scowl on his face and (most telling) a big black cloud hovers just above his head. His mom, dad and the dog seem equally clueless - big doofy grins on each of their faces.

Finn's mom makes the mistake of offering him peaches. Usually Finn likes peaches, but today he storms off into the nursery, kicking toys out of his way and slamming the door hard. Everywhere Finn goes, his bad mood creates havoc. There's thunder in the nursery and lightning in the kitchen. Finn's fit becomes a storm that takes over the entire house, shaking it to the core. And just as quickly as it started, it runs it's course and blows over. Finn smiles sweetly and accepts the peaches.

This is an all too easy book for parents to relate to. Who hasn't dealt with a crazy toddler fit? This is also a great big exaggerated way to show kids what their fits can be like. The illustrations are awesome, portraying real storms swirling through the house - an avalanche in the family room and tidal waves in the living room. Best of all are the reactions of the family's pet - the little white dog who steals the show.

Ah, the unreasonable fits of children. So hard to deal with when you are the parent, and yet somewhat enjoyable when you are a bystander. How great to find a picture book that realizes that little irony. The humor and beautiful (yet crazy) illustrations make this a terrific read that we most thoroughly enjoyed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By V. Fleming on October 26, 2009
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When I saw this book I had to get it for my 4/12 year old named Finn. It is a very cute book with great pictures. I read it to my son's Pre-K class and they all laughed out loud.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Books That Heal Kids on March 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Temper tantrums - a parent's worse nightmare! Finn's body language in the book is PERFECT. It's a really good reflection of what a child looks like when they are pouting, angry, and throwing a fit. Just read the other reviews on Amazon to fully appreciate the impact of this book. If you want to make an impact on your toddler's behavior and encourage them to use their words - get this one on your shelf!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NCStateAlum on September 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
The book itself shows the different facets and stages of a temper tantrum, however when Finn comes out of the tantrum, that's kind of it and everyone goes back to happy. Can be used to discuss improper behaviors and spawn a discussion about what could have been done differently. It would have been nice if Finn and his family would have come up with some suggestions on how to deescalate his "fit."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on July 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We stumbled upon this book at the library. I had to check it out because my 4 yr old's name is Finn. He is fascinated by the book and it actually stops his own tantrums! When he is throwing a fit I recite some lines from the book and he settles down almost immediately. I can see him thinking about himself causing the events that happen in the book. I will be buying this book for our own library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MK on December 5, 2009
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This book made me laugh out loud. The illustrations depict what my house has felt/feels like during tantrums! This is a must have for any parent who has survived the terrible 2's! It simply and accurately describes a day in the life of a toddler....anything can happen at any time for any given reason.
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