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Reviewed by Ginna Lamkie for Readers' Favorite
Liam and the Grump by Graham Austin-King is the story of a little boy with a big temper. After many temper tantrums, he sets his temper free thinking he will get into less trouble. Unfortunately, his temper grows and grows each time Liam gets angry. Liam’s mom teaches him how to control his temper and just in the nick of time Liam tames the over sized temper.
I chose to share this book with my children because I loved the lesson on how to control a temper. All of the tantrums that Liam threw in the book are tantrums that have happened in my own home! My son loved the story and interacted with me as I read it. When the book was over I asked him what was a good way to control his temper, and he remembered the lesson from the book. I fully plan on using this lesson in my own home the next time we have a grump flare up!
Liam and the Grump is wonderfully illustrated by Sarah Heseltine. Each illustration was a whimsical piece of art. The “Grump” looks sufficiently grumpy, without being scary. My son really enjoyed finding the grump in each picture.
I would recommend this wonderful story book to parents of school-aged children, especially those that have a temper that could use a little work. I think all children will enjoy the story and the pictures in the book, and will benefit from the lesson it teaches.