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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 430L (What's this?)
  • Series: Look-Look
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (November 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307119394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307119391
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.2 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

MERCER MAYER began writing and illustrating children's books in 1966, and since that time, he has published over 300 titles. Open almost any of the award-winning author/illustrator's books, and out may pop dragons, cuddly monsters, wonderful creatures, and endearing critters.

"Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid," says Mercer. "Now that I'm a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children. They always help remind me of what it was like."

Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, Mercer Mayer spent his childhood hunting lizards and snakes in the swamps near his home. During his teenage years, he attended the Honolulu Academy of Arts. He later received additional training at the Art Students League in New York City. Upon completion of his studies, he set out with pen and ink to write and illustrate a collection of children's books, reflecting many of the adventures he experienced as a child.

In 2007, Mr. Mayer was commissioned by Laura Bush to create the artwork used for the National Book Festival held on September 29 on the National Mall. He was an honored guest to the event, giving a demonstration and autographing hundreds of books for fans who attended.

Customer Reviews

My 2 year old son loves this book.
Julie A. Scarpa
Some of things the kid wanted to do were fine some were not but the book portrays the child as getting mad.
Colin Stewart
These books teach lessons in a fun way and are so enjoyable to read again and again!
Jules W.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 2003
Format: Paperback
My husband and I love to read "I Was so Mad" along with our 21 month old daughter. The short story easily depicts the everyday frustrations that little ones run into and their feeling "mad" when they can not do what they want but then finding an alternative that does make them happy. Our daughter loves the pictures as well as helping us read along and say "So Mad" at the end of many of the pages. All in all- it's one of our favorites.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kim Williams on November 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
I Was So Mad. By Mercer Mayer. Golden Book, 1983. 24 pages.
Little critters are obviously no exception to the repeated "no" that children hear throughout a day, according to Mercer Mayer in his book "I Was So Mad." Little Critter never gets to do anything he wants-even tickling the goldfish and keeping frogs in the bathtub are off limits. His family finally makes him "so mad" that he decides to run away, until he is at last granted permission to play with his friends. Although illustrations take up a good deal of the white space in this Level 2 easy reader, the large, dark, typeface remains easy to follow. Repetitions of "I was so mad" and "No, you can't" help the young reader get through some of the more unfamiliar passages yet are not monotonous as they are an integral part of the plot. The adorable watercolor and ink illustrations follow the text closely, and serve as a tool for the child trying to decode what Little Critter is not allowed to do. This delightful book serves as a good foundation for the six to eight year old reader who is learning that there is meaning behind the text he reads. Children will easily relate to Little Critter's complaints and likely will recall similar experiences, bringing them even more enjoyment while reading. Undoubtedly, Little Critter will quickly become a favorite friend for the beginning reader.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "red_skittr" on December 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I think I Was So Mad, along with the other Mercer Mayer books, is a great book that kids can relate to and learn from. In this book, Little Critter espresses his feelings of frustration and of being angry in a way that most children do in at least one point of time in their life. I enjoyed reading Mercer Mayer books as a child and even now i can't help picking up one of these simple books to read when i see one.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marti Ann on October 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
This was my favorite book when I was little. One of my most memorable childhood memories is sitting with my dad while he read it to me. He would do such a great job of expressing Little Critter's emotions! This book would never get old. It's hardcover, and I am very happy that it's still intact today even from my teeth marks on the corners! I store it in the bottom of my dresser so I can read it to my son (due Jan-25-04). I think about Little Critter when I become so mad today and remember that there's no need to give up! I hope to keep this book in my family for years.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. S. Thompson on January 26, 2006
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Not only does my three year old absolutely adore these books, but all four of my daughters enjoyed them as small children. I've found them to be charming and well drawn, each one dealing with a normal part of life for a child.

This one shows the child critter being mad because everything (destructive) he tries to do his parents tell him no, but when he asks to go play, he's allowed to do that...which makes him AND his parents happy. :)
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43 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Elcee on January 1, 2010
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My son was bringing books to me to read. I made the mistake of taking this out of the box and reading it to him before looking through it myself. It should the character getting mad each time he was told no. That was fine because it's normal to get mad. What I didn't care for was the solution to this - running away from home. Then when the character's friends came to play he figured he could just run away another day. When my son got mad at my husband a little while later the first thing he mentioned was running away.

It's not even worth the postage to return it so the book is being sent out with the recycling garbage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
I read the book I was so mad By Mercer Mayer and it was about a little critter named critter. He wanted to have fun inside the house but everything he wanted to do was agenst the rules. He got mad and decited to run away. As he was walking he saw some friends that wanted to play baseball and he went to ask his mom and she said yes.Over all it was a good book and ive read it many of times and i will read it whenever i can.It teaches kids that you may not like the rules but if u go by them you will have fun.ages 3-8
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
Format: Paperback
It is an interesting book for kids to read. Little Critter shows us that adults will usually say no to bad choices and usually say yes to good choices, that we make. They don't want us to break things or to get hurt, if we make a bad choice or have a dangerous idea. We learned a lot from Little Critter!
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