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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite
Everyone gets angry. In Tame the Beast, D.K. Brantley has written a rhyming story about how you can handle that beast. Several colorful beasts – including a werewolf, vampire, mummy, and swamp thing - demonstrate what it looks like to feel angry and they are quite expressive. Brantley then shares some ways that kids can control their anger. Some of the suggestions are amusing, like bathing flies and crossing your eyes. The goal is to find positive ways to handle your anger. After the anger has been tamed, a little reflection is in order about what part we might have played in our anger. The culmination of the story is to realize that everyone gets angry, so we need to be gentle with each other.
We have all experienced anger and in Tame the Beast constructive ways to deal with our anger are demonstrated. Rodrigo Paula’s illustrations showcase many different “beasts” and are a definite highlight of the story. D.K. Brantley has done a great job of providing tools for kids to use to diffuse their anger. Kids will laugh out loud at some of the silly suggestions but will also be able to remember them. As a former children’s librarian, I was often get asked by parents and teachers for books on emotions. This would have been one of my go-to books on anger; it gets its message across in an entertaining and kid-friendly way. Tame the Beast is a book that should be in every library and preschool classroom.