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The Day Adam Got Mad Hardcover – February, 1993


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux; 1St Edition edition (February 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9129620643
  • ISBN-13: 978-9129620641
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 10.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,854,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3-- Adam the bull gets mad one quiet Easter day in Sweden and breaks out of his stall for a rampage around the barnyard, and people come from miles around to watch. No one can calm him, not even the kindly farmhand, Svensson, until a seven-year-old boy calms the animal by scratching him between the horns. Lindgren's narrative is tepid and remote--little more than an embroidered anecdote; her text is readable, but undistinguished. Tornqvist's watercolor illustrations are detailed, interesting, and well placed; it's too bad that their quality is not matched by the story. --Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

Why the prize bull should be in a rage and break out on Easter morning is a mystery; people from miles around gather to see what will happen next. Among them is Karl, seven, who watches while the bull rips his owner's Sunday trousers, listens to the anxious men discuss what should be done, and then--in a tender, persistent little voice--offers to scratch Adam between his horns. Adam accepts, docilely letting Karl lead him back into the barn. In the end, what matters isn't the cause of Adam's outbreak but the pleasurable excitement it causes--pungently described in Lindgren's amusingly precise text--and the peaceful resolution of the barnyard contretemps by the little ``Swedish bullfighter.'' T”rnqvist visualizes these farm folk in lovely watercolors, recalling Barbara Cooney in their careful attention to design, authentic detail, and animated characterizations; Lucas's carefully honed translation is unusually felicitous. In every way, a delightful vignette. (Picture book. 4-10) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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By Sheila Bossom on March 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A story of Adam the bull who got out of sorts.No one knew what to do with him except a liitle neighbor boy.
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This charming story has been retranslated and reissued as Goran's Great Escape with the same illustrations. The ISBN is 978-0863157936Goran's Great Escape
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The Day Adam Got Mad is a classic Astrid Lindgren book. It is a beautiful story about a little Swedish farm boy, just what a seven year old or so needs in today's crazy world; a moment of quiet, relaxed, innocent fun. The book can be read to a young child, or for beginning readers it is fine for the child to read by herself. The story is simple, the illustrations very cute. Any of Astrid Lindgren's books are standard fare for European children. Unfortunately it seems that this particular story is not available new in this country any more. So I got it used on Amazon to give as a gift to a little friend of ours. I am sure he'll enjoy it like our children did when they were his age.
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