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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Zach Rules Series
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575423901
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575423906
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2-Mulcahy introduces strategies to help young children develop relationship skills and learn responsibility for their actions when dealing with everyday situations. In the first book, Zach gets angry and pushes his little brother for playing with his toys. His mother sends him off to cool down and then discusses how he might handle the situation in the future. She explains the four-square apology method and together they work through the problem. Zach apologizes, and he and his brother go out to play together. In Frustrated, everything Zach tries to do goes wrong, even flying his kite. His father helps him remember the three steps to follow to deal with frustration: name it; tame it; reframe it. When Zach uses this method, he realizes that he can handle challenges in a healthy way, and then he can move on and have a better day. Both books combine facts in fictional style. Parents model compassion and understanding while explaining the strategies, which are illustrated with diagrams. Notes for adults to reinforce the concepts and practice the skills are included. Humorous cartoons also reinforce the messages and actions and reflect the mood of the stories. Both titles are suitable for classroom sharing or independent reading and should complement early childhood curriculums.-Margaret R. Tassia, Millersville University, PAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“William Mulcahy’s Zach Gets Frustrated offers great tips and tools for coping with and overcoming frustration. I wish I had this when I was a kid!”—Trudy Ludwig, best-selling author of Better Than You



“Zach does rule—these books are fun! They make important life skills easy to understand and do, and kids will get such a kick out of Zach, they won’t even know they’re learning.”—Dr. Michele Borba, parenting expert and author of No More Misbehavin’ and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions



“The Zach Rules series does an impressive job covering the issues of anger and frustration—and the consequences that come with acting on them—in child-friendly terms. These books are a must-read for parents, educators, grandparents, and anyone who cares about helping young people become responsible, resilient, and compassionate human beings. I highly recommend this series.”—Barbara Coloroso, best-selling author of Kids Are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline



“Zach’s feelings are widely recognizable and will be familiar to readers. McKee’s brightly colored digital illustrations . . . do a good job of supporting the text and helping to teach the material. This new series is a useful tool for teaching valuable skills.”—Kirkus



Mulcahy introduces strategies to help young children develop relationship skills and learn responsibility for their actions when dealing with everyday situations. In the first book, Zach gets angry and pushes his little brother for playing with his toys. His mother sends him off to cool down and then discusses how he might handle the situation in the future. She explains the four-square apology method and together they work through the problem. Zach apologizes, and he and his brother go out to play together. In Frustrated, everything Zach tries to do goes wrong, even flying his kite. His father helps him remember the three steps to follow to deal with frustration: name it; tame it; reframe it. When Zach uses this method, he realizes that he can handle challenges in a healthy way, and then he can move on and have a better day. Both books combine facts in fictional style. Parents model compassion and understanding while explaining the strategies, which are illustrated with diagrams. Notes for adults to reinforce the concepts and practice the skills are included. Humorous cartoons also reinforce the messages and actions and reflect the mood of the stories. Both titles are suitable for classroom sharing or independent reading and should complement early childhood curriculums.—School Library Journal


“Not only do the [Zach Rules] books discuss problems most youngsters have, they also give concrete strategies for solving them.”—Growing Book by Book


“A handy resource for any parent who has a child that gets frustrated easily.”—Lori Calabrese, children’s book reviewer


“This is such a helpful resource to the students in my school. So many kids don’t know what to do with their frustration and oftentimes this leads to a negative behavior choice. Zach Gets Frustrated teaches children frustration doesn’t need to ruin their day and it can even be channeled into something positive if they take the time to understand it. The frustration triangle technique is a new discovery for me and it’s definitely going to have an impact.”—Roxanne Davidson, M.Ed., school counselor, Books That Heal Kids blog

Customer Reviews

This book engages my 8 year old grandson.
Margaret A. Miller
We have read it over and over the past few days..the book sends a really good message about frustration and how to handle your frustration the best you can.
Chuck D
This story is a great teaching tool to help kids learn to deal with frustration.
Maureen H. Barton

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laura Cherone on July 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This series is an excellent resource for parents to help children learn to manage difficult feelings. Zach's experiences teach children important life skills like dealing with frustration and how to apologize, using well-researched techniques that really work! The author understands children, how they think and how they learn. This book series should be in every parent's library!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mom of 3 on January 14, 2014
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I have read this book with several preschool and young school aged clients since it arrived last week! Zach gets frustrated and he is viewing his whole day in a negative light until his dad teaches him to name, tame, and reframe his frustration. The illustrations are appealing to children and they also learn a simple, 3 step way to manage their frustration. As some have mentioned in previous posts, Zach does use some "frustrated words" as I have said to my young clients when his kite won't fly (stupid kite, idiotic). I used it as a teaching tool to let kids know that when people are frustrated, they may say things they shouldn't say. Would I have liked to see the book not have those words? Sure. But, it's not a deal-breaker. I did bring the rating down a star because some parents might not like this aspect. As a professional, I would say the age range (or social/emotional age range) for this book would be about preschool to age 8. You'll most likely be reading this book TO kids, so if you don't like the words, substitute them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Ekmark on May 3, 2012
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Zach Gets Frustrated is a great tool for parents to use with kids who get frustrated. I think every parent has gone through a situation similar at some time or another. The book gives steps using a "frustration triangle" to help kids deal with frustrating moments. It's really a cute book with excellent illustrations that will keep your child's attention.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret A. Miller on October 9, 2013
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This book engages my 8 year old grandson. He enjoys reading about Zach's dilemmas, and has taken to heart the solutions shared by Zach's father. I highly recommend the book. While it is entertaining, it is educational, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sherry A. Lewis on August 27, 2013
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As a therapist, working with kids, I love this author and his books. Must have for teachers, schools, parents, and therapists! Practical, easy ways to understand and deal with problems.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chuck D on April 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Our toddler Annie just got this book this week and she LOVES it! We have read it over and over the past few days..the book sends a really good message about frustration and how to handle your frustration the best you can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Calabrese "Children's Books Examiner" VINE VOICE on May 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
If you're a parent, you know one thing kids pick up pretty quickly-- a temper! When things just don't seem to go your child's way, perhaps they throw something or even throw themselves on the floor. Enter the new Zach Rules series by William Mulcahy, a licensed professional counselor and psychotherapist.

In ZACH GETS FRUSTRATED, Zach is at the beach with his family, but he's having a lousy day. His best friend chose to go somewhere else instead of going to the beach with Zach, he dropped his toothbrush in the toilet, and spilled the litter box all over the floor. Needless to say, when Zach can't get his kite to fly, he's not too happy and wants to go home. But dad has a plan and teaches Zach the frustration triangle, a simple, three-step approach to get a handle on frustration. The three steps are (1) name it (why are you frustrated?); (2) tame it (self-regulation exercises such as deep breathing or visualization); and (3) reframe it (change your thoughts to change your feelings).

I can see this being a handy resource for any parent who has a child that gets frustrated easily. Any kid will relate to Zach and the frustration triangle approach is easy to practice with your kids. I also love that you can download a frustration triangle worksheet at the Free Spirit Publishing website, so your kids can get right to the bottom of changing the way they react to frustration.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachael L. Friesen on February 15, 2014
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I am a school social worker and loved using this book to help visual learners... The students had an easy strategy explained to them and a simple story to refer back to regarding how to manage their frustrations. Well done. Would like to see a similar story with some application to situations in school setting.
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William Mulcahy is a licensed professional counselor, psychotherapist, and supervisor of the Cooperative Parenting Center at Family Service in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Previously he has served as a counselor at Stillwaters Cancer Support Services in Wisconsin, specializing in grief and cancer-related issues, and worked with children with special needs.

Bill's short stories have appeared in several publications. The Zach Rules series books are his first books for children, merging his passions for good storytelling and providing counseling-like tools to help children live healthier, happier lives.

Bill lives in Summit, Wisconsin, with his three sons who played their own role in the creation of the Zach Rules series.

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