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Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry Paperback – October 6, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Reprint edition (October 6, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142403598
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142403594
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-When Annie wakes up in the morning, her mother is making pancakes and cheerily asking, "Who wants hot, golden circles?" The woman proclaims the breakfast "yummalicious" and Annie's purple dress, "Beautastic." But when the little girl returns home from school, her mother greets her by shouting, "STOP ALL THAT SCREAMING-GET IN THIS HOUSE NOW!" An author's note explains that this is how life can be for a child living with a mentally ill parent. When Annie's mother gets upset, the girl knows that she should call her grandmother, who reassures her and reminds her that her mother loves her, even when she's yelling. The child has the option of going to a neighbor's house and waiting for her grandmother to come for her. In spite of these safety valves, she deals with the situation on her own-getting a snack, snuggling with her teddy bear, and going to bed. Annie realizes that she can't stop the dark clouds inside her mother, but that she can find sunshine in her own mind. Lewis makes excellent use of light and shadow in his watercolors, evoking both the sunny glow of a happy kitchen and the foreboding gloom of a dark porch with equal skill. The multicultural cast is depicted with realistic sensitivity. The author's goal is to offer children resilience by introducing coping strategies and helping them to understand that they are not to blame for their parents' difficulties. A skillful treatment of a troubling subject.
Anna DeWind Walls, Milwaukee Public Library
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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PreS-Gr. 2. True to a child's viewpoint, this moving picture book tells of an African American girl living with a mother who is mentally ill. The spare first-person narrative and exquisite realistic watercolor paintings show the child at home with her unpredictable parent, who is manic and cheerful in the morning, then angry, depressed, and paranoid when the child returns from school. Annie has fun with her friends and enjoys school, but her insecurity about her mother is always there. When Mommy yells, Annie calls Grandma, who assures her that it isn't her fault and helps her through the evening. A long introductory note to adults talks about bipolar disorder and the supportive role community can play. The story will prompt discussion among children because it's honest about how hard it is when a child must act as parent, and about how friends can help. The quiet, intimate last picture shows loving Mommy the next day as she braids Annie's hair. Hazel Rochman
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm a person who has BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) and my house is chaotic -- screaming, shouting, but then there are times when I'm the good mom I want to be. My child and I read this book together just because we grabbed it from the library with a stack of other books. After reading the book, I very much recognized myself and my child in it and began to question her about it. I asked if the mommy in the book reminded her of anyone and she said it reminded her of me. I put the book in a stack of books to be returned to the library, but my daughter retrieved it and took it back to her room and re-reads it constantly, so I've decided to purchase it for her. She's 7 years old and says the books makes her feel better when I'm not in control of my anger. I would recommend this book to any parent who is suffering from Personality Disorder or any other mental illness that causes moodiness and displays of anger. Your children deserve this book as much as they deserve your going to therapy for treatment, which I myself am doing.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Allison Martin on August 17, 2004
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An encouraging book for young children who have a mother prone to angry outbursts. This book was created to be read by children whose mother's have some sort of emotional disability, dependence or life circumstance, which can affect their children. It is gently encouraging and could easily be incorporated into any classroom or crises center. It has a very touching ending.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. James on January 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am the mother of an adult bipolar daughter and have read this book to my grandson who is seven years old. It's right on the money. Mental illness is difficult for most adults to truly understnd let alone a child. It's vital for children to understand that their mentally ill parent still loves them even though they do "strange" things. This book provided a path for my grandson to talk about his mother and for me to try (again and again) to help him understand her illness.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2006
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This book is helpful as a tool for introducing bipolar disorder to young children. I read the story to my six year old and we discussed the child's life, the good and the bad. I explained that the mother had a mental illness which affected her behavior in negative ways. The book clearly states that the mother refuses treatment and how it affects the lives of her loved ones. This presents an opportunity to clarify the difference between a person seeking treatment versus one who refuses trestment. It also does a good job of describing a back-up plan for the child when mom is not well. This plan gives the little girl a sense of control and security when her mother's behavior is chaotic or frightening.

Overall, this book is very good for a lead-in to this issue for young children. However, do your homework before reading the story aloud as it lacks even a simple definition of bipolar or any guidance for a discussion afterwards.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. B. Squires on August 9, 2009
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This is an excellent book for children because it reinforces that even though "Mommy gets angry" she always loves you, and there are people around you who will help you when you need it. In our case, I'm the Nana who can be reached for help.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Neace on May 13, 2007
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This is an excellent resource to use with children who have mentally ill parents. I am a child and family therapist. I have already used the book a couple of times, and it was fascinating to see the children's reactions to the angry mother. Even boys can identify with the main character, Annie. The book helps children to see they are not alone, identify their own emotions, and allows the therapist to discuss how they cope. Nice illustrations!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Book Lover #52 on June 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am a little resistant to the characterization of the mommy as angry/violent-- but the pics are beautiful, the message (of others chipping in) is good, and, as long as people recognize this is just one type of experience with bipolar disorder, I recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Maughan on December 8, 2009
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This is a great book to help children deal with Mental illness that a parent has. So many times children get left out of the Mental illness process and they blame them selves for their parents behavior. Reading this book to a child with a parent that has a mental illness is a very useful tool with children. The book is geared to preschool to 3 grade. Vry good book the pictures were breath taking!
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