The Resource When Sophie gets angry--really, really angry ..., by Molly Bang

When Sophie gets angry--really, really angry ..., by Molly Bang

Label
When Sophie gets angry--really, really angry ...
Title
When Sophie gets angry--really, really angry ...
Statement of responsibility
by Molly Bang
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure
Member of
Storyline
Illustration
Award
Charlotte Zolotow Award, 2000.
Review
  • Books for Youth, For the Young: Ages 4-8. There's no shortage of books that deal with children's feelings--the sadness that comes when someone dear dies, jealousy toward a new sibling, disappointment when things don't go as planned--but most couch their explanation in layers of story, and many have a responsive adult adding sage advice. Bang, on the other hand, concentrates first and foremost on the emotion and shows a young child dealing with it strictly on her own terms. The setup is easy to grasp. Sophie becomes angry because she has to give a toy to her sister. When her sister snatches the toy away, causing Sophie to trip, Sophie becomes angrier still. "Oh, is Sophie ever angry now!" The remainder of the book uses bold graphics, supplemented by a few well-chosen words, to show how anger affects Sophie and what she does about it--from physical expression ("She kicks. She screams. She wants to smash the world to smithereens.") and escape (she runs outdoors) to the emotional release (tears and finding a quiet place where the "wide world comforts her"). The artwork is dynamic. Hot reds, bright yellows and oranges, and jagged shapes that seem to quiver on the page catch the intensity of anger, with Bang softening her palette to more subdued colors as Sophie calms down, and adjusting it back to sunnier ones when Sophie returns home to her loving family. Children may need to be assured that other options besides running outdoors exist for dealing with anger, but that said, Bang's strong, nonproscriptive acknowledgment of a feeling most children will recognize will be welcomed, as will the reassurance that though anger may come, it will also go away given time. ((Reviewed February 1, 1999)) -- Stephanie Zvirin
  • PreS-Gr 2-Sophie is playing with her stuffed gorilla when her sister wrests it from her, knocking her to the floor. When their mother agrees that it is her sister's turn to play with the toy, Sophie becomes so angry that "She wants to smash the world to smithereens." She kicks, screams, and eventually runs into the woods where she climbs a huge beech tree, looks out over the water, and is comforted by the "wide world." Calm, she returns home ready to participate in family life. The text is appropriately brief, for it is Bang's double-page illustrations, vibrating with saturated colors, that reveal the drama of the child's emotions. Floorboards slant diagonally across two pages, echoing the agitation of the siblings as they engage in a tug of war. A close-up of Sophie's face with blue eyes blazing and pigtails flying is set against a fire-red background. Bang gives the ranting girl a huge red shadow. On the next spread, Sophie releases a "ROAR" so enormous that she seems to shrink off the page. The trees, outlined in bright red, mimic the girl's anger, then bow down as she passes by stooped and weeping, and finally sport bright-green outlines as she returns home cheered and hopeful. Sophie, like a missing piece, rejoins her family as the puzzle they are working on is completed. Pair this excellent story with Dorothea Lachner's Andrew's Angry Words (North-South, 1995).-Marianne Saccardi, Norwalk Community-Technical College, CT
  • Raw zigzags of color convey a girl's rage in this compassionate volume, which proposes a cure for anger. Sophie's temper flares when her sister demands a turn playing with a favorite stuffed gorilla. Matters worsen when Sophie's mother passes judgment ("It is her turn now, Sophie") and Sophie trips over a toy truck in the resulting tug-of-war. Infernal shades of orange, yellow and red liken Sophie to a shuddering volcano; a gray cat with jagged fur wisely gets out of her way. With the "PABAM!" of a slammed door, the girl races outside. "She runs and runs and runs until she can't run anymore. Then, for a little while, she cries." Gradually, a calmer Sophie begins noticing birds and ferns. When she returns home, relaxed again, her sister has abandoned the gorilla in favor of a tabletop puzzle. With minimal text, Bang (Common Ground; Ten, Nine Eight) gives a realistic account of embattled siblings and prescribes self-imposed solitude. Edgy illustrations with roilingly patterned foreground shapes and looming, dark backgrounds convey Sophie's inner violence; in particular, a quiet image of a ghostly gray beech against a midnight-blue sky is reminiscent of Van Gogh's Japanese-print-inspired scenes. Bang's evocatively illustrated book suggests no quick fixes; she treats childhood emotions with respect. Ages 2-7. (Mar.)
  • When Sophie has to surrender one toy to her sister, stumbles over another toy, and gets no sympathy from her mother, she runs furiously out into the woods, first to cry, and then sit in a huge old beech, watching the ocean until the tempest abates. Bang (Common Ground, 1997, etc.) captures the intensity of Sophie's feelings with strong, broadly brushed forms and colors: images of flames and a volcano; blue eyes glaring up from a red background that looks as if it's exploding; then harmonious, leafy greens and browns; and concluding scenes of domestic amity. This briefly told behavior-management episode explores well-worked thematic territory, but as in Hiawyn Oram's Angry Arthur (1989)—and in contrast to the child in Betsy Everitt's Mean Soup (1992)—Sophie finds a way to cope with her anger, quite laudably, without a helping adult hand. (Picture book. 5-7) (Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 1999)
Awards note
  • Charlotte Zolotow Award Highly Commended
  • Caldecott Honor Book, 2000, ALA Notable Children's Book, 2000.
  • Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner, 2000.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
103456
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bang, Molly
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 340
  • Preschool
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
  • Grades K-4
  • LG
LC call number
PZ7.B2217
LC item number
Wh 1999
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
Reading level
  • 1.4
  • 1.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Sophie
Study program name
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Anger
  • Anger
  • Anger
Target audience
primary
Label
When Sophie gets angry--really, really angry ..., by Molly Bang
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Art techniques used: Bright expressive paintings of cartoon like characters in thick gouache
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm37748596
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781442074262
Lccn
97042209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)37748596
Label
When Sophie gets angry--really, really angry ..., by Molly Bang
Publication
Note
Art techniques used: Bright expressive paintings of cartoon like characters in thick gouache
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm37748596
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
32 unnumbered pages
Isbn
9781442074262
Lccn
97042209
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)37748596

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