I Am Angry by Michael Rosen – Book Review

I Am Angry by Michael Rosen – Book Review

I am Angry by Michael Rosen

I Am Angry

Author – Michael Rosen
Illustrator – Robert Starling
Publisher – Walker Books
Pages – 32
Released – 1st July 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-1406396652
Format – hardcover
Rating – 5 Stars
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This kitten may look cute and cuddly, but better beware: they’re angry. Really angry. Angry, angry, angry! And this isn’t any old “angry”. This is a jump-up-and-down, roll-on-the-ground kind of angry. This is a spider-scaring, tiger-scaring kind of angry. This is a burst-balloon-ing, SQUASH-THE-MOON-ING kind of angry…

As surreal as things may get, this is also the kind of angry that parents of toddlers will recognize – a bad mood which comes out of nowhere, escalates wildly, then disappears as suddenly as it arrived. Based on the popular poem from A Great Big Cuddle, I Am Angry combines Michael Rosen’s brilliant rhymes and anarchic imagination, Robert Starling’s perfect knack for character and a reassuring message: anger may feel overpowering, but it doesn’t last for ever.

Review by Stacey

If you have a young child or have dealt with a young child who at some point (most likely more then once), and for no apparent reason, has started having a tantrum then this book will be familiar to you.

The book begins with a message from the author about how the book came to life. It started out as a poem he wrote for one of his children when they were little and having a tantrum.

We meet cat who is having an off day. They are grumpy, angry, or upset and has found that the way to release their feelings is by having a tantrum. Cat is rather funny with his tantrum. He scares spiders, scares tigers, silences the birds, and squashes the moon. When he has finished he is tired and heads to bed.

I can honestly say that I giggled more than once and could just see a young child doing these things, though on a smaller scale, such as yelling at their teddies or food. There are just a few words on each page and the book rhymes, which in my opinion is always a bonus in picture books.

I loved the illustrations with the comedy images and the faces that cat pulls. They are full-page, colourful, and bring Michael Rosen’s words to life. I can see this book being just as, or more, entertaining for adults. It was a small slice of amusement and put a smile on my face and I can see it doing the same to both other adults and children too.

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Michael Rosen I am Angry

Michael Rosen, a recent British Children’s Laureate, has written many acclaimed books for children, including WE’RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, and I’M NUMBER ONE and THIS IS OUR HOUSE, both illustrated by Bob Graham. Michael Rosen lives in London.

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