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What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? is written and illustrated by Charlie Lumière. This book has a place in a therapist’s office or maybe a school library. It is an instruction manual with colorful pictures. The book assumes that when children are angry, they want to feel calm again. Many children are angry because of injustice in the world. A bigger child beat them up and they never want it to happen again. They have been punished in a way they think is unfair. They have been insulted or bullied. These are times when anger can lead to action, and action can lead to a better world. What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? is best used when the anger is for something minor – like another child got the last cookie, or the other team won the race.
What Should I Do When I Feel Angry? by Charlie Lumière teaches a simple breathing technique to release anger and start to feel calm again. The colorful pictures will help hold a child’s attention. I think it is essential that an adult discuss the reason for the anger with the child before handing over this book. Being angry is never an answer, but it can lead to appropriate action in unfair situations. If a child is aware that the anger isn’t helping, and wants to get over it, then it makes sense to give the child this book. But if the child’s anger is justified, then an adult can be helpful in righting the wrong and letting the child know that being angry is useful, and telling an adult is the right thing to do. This book can be useful in selected situations.