Title: I Am Angry
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Robert Starling
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s picture book
Book format: Hardback
Description: This kitten may look cute and cuddly, but better beware…they’re angry.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: This is a funny and very simple story of a kitten who feels very angry. The grey kitten, who is never given a name, tells us that he’s feeling angry, so angry in fact that he wants to do all sorts of things like jump up and down, roll on the ground, make a din, put his toy in the bin. With each different thing his anger builds and what he wants to do becomes more and more extreme including squashing the moon!
The hardback book which is a bit wider than A4 in size and square in shape, is filled with lots of thick and glossy pages that are filled with just a little text and some very fun but simple illustrations. The book begins with a few words from the author Michael Rosen explaining that the inspiration of the book was one of his own children and how the book is about showing how anger can build but is usually gone very quickly. This is exactly what happens in this story as the kitten, who keeps getting more and more angry, wants to do all sorts of things just to get his anger out. The book rhymes throughout and is very simple with the illustrations lending well to the funny words and I just love how fun and simple the book’s ending was which I had predicted but was fun to see happen to the kitten.
The illustrations are brilliant. I’m already a fan of Starling’s work and he really brings this kitten’s tantrum to life with that face expression and what is happening on each page. I love how simple each picture is but how well the emotion and anger of the kitten is shown, which looks good with the red text throughout.
The book does a good job of showing how anger can build and how easily it can build too much but then is gone quite quickly. I don’t know whether children will relate directly with the kitten or not but regardless it is a fun book to read and look at and one that is great for younger readers especially due to the simple words and the fun and very simple story.
What do you think of this book? Have your children ever had a terrible tantrum that quickly fizzled out? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂