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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763656046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763656041
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Honestly this book sucks. I bought to help talk about feelings with my two kids, ages 4 and almost 3. Both have pretty regular fits and i was excited to expose them to a book that deals with a situation about feelings and how to handle them. The entire looks just compares components of the fit to natural disasters. "Tears were like tidal waves, Kicks were like earthquakes" etc etc and literally this was the quote from the book referring to the fit "It lasts until it doesn't" and the very end the kid stop being a little jerk and it says "What was he so upset about anyways?" and that is it. Terrible tool if you're trying to expose your kids to a better understanding of their own feelings. The only good thing about it the book were the illustrations, but the book itself really just sucks. I'd look for anything else.
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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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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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Great pictures and illustrations, but a terrible story. My kids don't even want to read it anymore because we finish it in about 2 minutes since there is only one sentence on each page. Wouldn't recommend unless you are dealing with tantrums every minute of the day. Also, the kids should be having tantrums...he's still wearing a diaper
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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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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