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Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Some mornings, Annie's mother's smiles are as bright as sunshine as she makes pancakes for breakfast and helps Annie get ready for school.

But other days, her mother doesn't smile at all and gets very angry. Those days Annie has to be a big girl and make her own breakfast, and even put herself to bed at night. But Annie's grandma helps her remember what to do when her mommy
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Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 6th 2005 by Puffin (first published 2003)
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JoyfulK
Jul 09, 2011 JoyfulK rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: therapists and parents
I debated between giving this book 3 and 4 stars. It's a beautifully written and illustrated book about the experiences of a little girl as she deals with her mother's widely varying moods. The mother's illness is never specified, but is likely bipolar disorder. What I liked about this book is the very real sense of the child's experience of not knowing, when she goes home, which kind of mom she'll have: an excited, loving mom, or an angry, emotionally abusive mom. What I disliked is the fact th ...more
Taneka
A picture book about a child living with a parent with mental illness. The reader doesn't know what illness the mother has, but we know that sometimes the mother is happy and then her mood changes as the day goes.

Honestly, the mothers' behavior is not solely indicative of a mental illness. I am sure there are kids that have grown up with parents that get mad for no reason. But the young child, Annie, has dealt with her mothers' behavior before and she knows what to do when it occurs. In the mo
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Heather Brown
I really loved this book. It follows a young girl through a few days in her life living with a mother with an unnamed mental illness. Her mother displays symptoms that could be related to depression, bipolar, or drug addiction, but I like how it doesn't say specifically, because the title wouldn't be that important to a child. This way children of parents with a broad range of problems can still identify with the theme of having a parent who's struggling and not always able to provide care by th ...more
Molly
This book breaks my heart but I think it is so needed. I have not found a lot out there to explain to a child about a parent with depression or anger issues and this one covers that. It does not solve the childs problem either it just gives them ideas to help cope. Ages 4+
Randie
Annie is a strong, independent little girl. Sometimes her mother is happy but sometimes her mother gets angry. Annie has learned how to cope with her mommy's mood swings. She calls her grandmother for support, she thinks happy thoughts, gets her own food, takes a bath, and pretty much cares for herself.

While this story might seem sad, it is an honest representation of what hundreds (probably more) of children learn to do when they have a parent with a mental health issue (depression, bipolar, an
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Paige
No child should have to be as independent as the little girl in this book, but many children do have to deal with their parents being unhappy at some point and it is very easy for them to blame themselves for the way their parents are acting. This book makes it so children who have to go through this realize that they are not alone and they are able to deal with what is going on better. This book is good for children in elementary school who are about the same age as the little girl. It is hard ...more
Edwina Putney
Although this was a difficult, emotional read, it is very indicative of the types of situations with which many of today's children are facing and coping. Consequently, many teachers are having to deal with the aftermath caused by the children bringing those problems to school. I wouldn't read this to an entire class unless a specific incident occurred which warranted using this book as a tool for initiating discussion. But I would read it to an affected child or provide a copy to the school cou ...more
Erica
In this book, the little girl's mother goes from happy to angry seemingly without reason. When her mother is angry, the little girl has to remember she's not mad at her. To cope, she calls her grandmother. I liked the story but probably wouldn't read it to my students unless we had an issue come up in the classroom about it.
Chezon
I believe this book is a soft introduction to a parent's depression. I wouldn't share this with a child without first settling aside time to discuss it's contents. It lightly touches a serious subject. Best shared with a child by a village member who can offer consistent support.
Michael Leitzman
this book has very good dialogue and illustrations. it talks about a strong independent young girl dealing with her what seems to be bipolar mother. however i would not have this book in my class because of the mother screaming at her daughter throughout the book.
Season Neal
A sad story about a young girl living with a mother who is bipolar. The young girl has learned how to take care of herself and always thinks happy thoughts when her mother is having a bad day. Another book not meant for all audiences.
Cara Adams
Annie's mom is suffering fro bi-polar disorder. Sad story, but would probably help children going through a similar situation. I would probably not read this to my class though.
Shelley
This is a well written book about a girl who se mom has a disability. It would be good to read to students to discuss disabilities and family dynamics.
Kim
A young girl deals with her mother's bipolar disorder. Good, not great.
Karen
a good soft introduction for children dealing w/a mentally ill parent
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Bebe Moore Campbell (February 18, 1950 – November 27, 2006), was the author of three New York Times bestsellers, Brothers and Sisters, Singing in the Comeback Choir, and What You Owe Me, which was also a Los Angeles Times "Best Book of 2001". Her other works include the novel Your Blues Ain't Like Mine, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and the winner of the NAACP Image Award for ...more
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