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When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry... (Sophie)

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Everybody gets angry sometimes. But it's not always easy to cope with this emotion especially for kids. Now, Caldecott Honor illustrator Molly Bang delivers a thoughtful, simple story filled with exquisite illustrations to help parents and children understand how to handle the common problem of anger. Little Sophie's experiences why she
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Published January 1st 2001 by Spoken Arts, Incorporated (first published 1999)
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(NS) Lauren
Grade/Interest Level: Pre-K-1

Have you ever felt angry? Really, really angry? In this story, Sophie feels really, really angry when she has to share her toys with her little sister. Sophie runs away as far as she can, and eventually calms down as she finds comfort in nature.

This book uses bold colors and thick lines that really capture the emotions of anger and calm. The text is large with generous spacing, making it accessible to early readers. The theme of dealing with anger is certainly one th
Jason Stalides
I'm a fan of most stories that help kids deal with emotions.
Nichole Sedler
Dec 12, 2007 Nichole Sedler added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Grades K-2
Shelves: picture-books
Written by Molly Bang, illustrated by Molly Bang, published by, copyright year.

Summary: A 2000 Caldecott Honor book about a little girl with big temper, but who eventually calms down.

Response: Amazing, brilliantly colored illustrations help tell the story of Sophie’s mood. I think students, especially primary, would be attracted the bold illustrations and realistic image of how one feels when they are mad.

Possible Units: Character Ed: How to Deal with Feelings/Emotions. Art: Color, Line

Latoya Sharaine
This picture book received the 2000 Caldecott Honor of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. This book was intended for children ages 5-7. This book is about a little girl, named Sophie, who gets really angry because it was her sister’s turn to play with the toy that Sophie had already played with. When she gets angry, she runs and runs until she is alone and works through her emotions alone before returning home. The reason why I rated this book with 4 stars is because it is a really good read for novic ...more
Apr 19, 2015 Ashlie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really, Angry… written by Molly Bang, is a children’s book about a young girl who was playing with her toy when her sister grabbed it and took it from her because it was her turn to play with it. Sophie got extremely angry so she left the house and ran to her favorite tree and climbed it until she calmed down. Then she went back to her house and her family was very happy to see her.
The cover of this book is very bright yellow with a picture of Sophie’s angry fac
NS Kelley
Oct 27, 2009 NS Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great story about a little girl who gets infuriated about her little brother taking her toy. The little brother not only snatches it form her, but her mother agrees that it is his turn to play with it. She is already upset about this situation when she trips over a truck. She is so angry that she has to do something to help calm her down. She goes for a long run to help regather her thoughts. She then describes relaxing outside, climbing a tree, and looking at the water to help her fee ...more
Loved the illustrations, especially the words that were painted into the pictures-purr, roar, etc...-but exactly how far does Sophie run? It looks like she takes off on a 20 mile hike? I'm totally down with healthy expressions of anger, but I think kids could misunderstand the message here. I checked this book out from the Mississippi Library Commission.
Oct 07, 2009 Bernice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This story is about a young girl that gets very angry after her younger sister takes away her toy. Her voice is seen in the illustrations through her screams that are fill up the entire page. To release her anger she runs away and finds peace with the nature that surrounds her. It is then that she is able to return back home and find that everything is back to normal. Sophie is the highlight of the story and we see her emotions come out through the bright colors that are splashed on all the page ...more
Oct 02, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I read this book on children’s and really enjoyed it. When Sophie Gets Angry is about a young girl who is getting angry with things that are happening in her life. The illustrator has done a fantastic job in giving beautiful visuals of what it looks like and feels like to be angry. There are pictures of a loud roar and of a volcano to represent the girls anger. It takes the reader through the steps of being angry as well as how Sophie calms herself down and is supported by clear visu ...more
Halle Stout
Jan 15, 2015 Halle Stout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so cute! It deals with a girl named Sophie, who becomes angry after a confrontation about a stuffed gorilla. When she's mad she does productive things like go for a walk, climb a tree, etc. I recommend this book for any young child who needs to deal with their anger. I'llustrations are cute too.
NS- Sarah
This book is one that I had seen in the library many times and passed by without opening it. It is an adorable book with a terrific message. I plan to use this in my classroom in order to introduce a discussion about how to react when you are feeling angry. I have one particular student who has very little coping skills when he is angry and/or sad so I think this book would be especially good for him but also for the whole group.

In the story, Sophie becomes very angry with her sister who takes
Jul 22, 2008 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-children
This is my 3-year-old daughter's new favorite book. She is enthralled by how angry Sophie gets, yet her choice is to run. Please note that when Sophie kicks, she doesn't connect with anyone. But she is spitting mad and her biggest release is to run hard and fast and commune with nature. My daughter is fixated on why it is that Sophie cries after she is so angry. This a beautiful way to capture that anger is actually hurt. Resolution is critical to a young reader. My daughter loves how Sophie pai ...more
Azul Huerta
Sep 12, 2014 Azul Huerta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When azul gets angry --REALLY REALLY ANGRY she .............. Reads a BOOK.

Dec 12, 2011 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot I read (and wrote a lesson plan for) this book! It was over Thanksgiving break, when I had about, oh, a hundred assignments to work on simultaneously. I actually read it on ICDL, which is a great resource for kids books.

Sophie reminds me of Where the Wild Things Are in that fantasy and reality blend, and the emotions of the children transcend their situations into the world of imagination. It's a good story about how kids deal with their anger. And the illustrations are Van Gogh-esque,
Jan 09, 2009 Luann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I love Molly Bang's use of color and line to depict Sophie's moods. When Sophie is really, really angry she is surrounded by vibrating lines of red and purple and it appears she is going to explode! But then she runs and runs out in the forest and the colors change to greens, browns, and finally blues. The pictures do such a great job of conveying not only the storyline, but the emotions, that the words are almost completely unnecessary. A great book to encourage discussions about emotions ...more
Stephanie Foote
When Sophie Gets Angry Really, Really Angry is a Caldecott Honor Book by Molly Bang and is intended for children 2 years and older . This book is about little girl named Sophie who gets really, really, really angry when her sister takes her toy and how she handles her anger. I rated this book five stars. It has bright bright colors with bold lines and patterns throughout the book. The words are short, expressive and not too many on each page. The expressions that are drawn on Sophie's face shows ...more
Mishaela Littlefield
Sophie's daffodil-colored dump-truck is carrying around her limp, stuffed gorilla when her sister suddenly snatches the toy and causes a series of unfortunate events. Sophie's plastic dump-truck dumps her straight onto the bubblegum-pink rug which sends her into a full-on temper tantrum. She stomps her sneaker-clad feet on the wooden floor, breathes out red-hot tendrils of fire filled with rage and starts bubbling over with so much anger that she becomes a heated volcano ready to explode. She gr ...more
Elizabeth Jane
Feb 18, 2016 Elizabeth Jane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is likely to be my new favorite book for children. The bold, energetic and colorful drawings on every single page are enticing and do a wonderful job of actually portraying the different emotional stages Sophie is experiencing. When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really Angry does an outstanding job of describing a situation of a child is so angry that she becomes wildly upset and anxious. Every child of this age can relate to this feeling. Furthermore, adults with young children can almos ...more
Jenn Kyles
I think this book has some really strong and powerful elements to it! First of all, I think it has a clear and distinct underlying message that is important for kids. I also love the artwork and think it is well done. I believe the book should be geared towards ages 3-7 because the messages in the book can be most useful to that age group. This book is mostly appropriate for a young age except for one part. I think the book does a great job of explaining the importance of sharing with others, so ...more
Olivia Williams
Feb 18, 2016 Olivia Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Sophie Get Angry—Really, Really Angry is a great book to use with children from ages 3 to 8. It tells of Sophie and how she gets angry at her sister and resolves this anger by going off alone. After being out in nature, Sophie calms down and goes back to her family. This story could be used to teach children it is okay to get angry but that we have to have a coping mechanism for managing that anger appropriately. So after reading this, parents, psychologist, or teachers could discuss with c ...more
Claire Tummons
Feb 17, 2016 Claire Tummons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really really enjoyed this book. I loved the vibrant colored pictures throughout the entire book. These pictures not only made this such a fun read, but they also illustrated along with the text in a relatable way to the readers. This book is something that I think a lot of children can relate too, because this book talks about how Sophie gets really angry when she is told that she needs to share or someone takes something away from them. It explains how she will go outside and run, then she c ...more
Katie Goodrick
I think this is a good book for children who are learning to deal with their anger. I think this book is good because it shows kids that it is okay to get angry, cry, and feel other emotions. However, I am a little skeptical because I don't think running away from your house is the most realistic way to teach kids how to deal with their anger. I think one could make a good lesson plan about anger with this book and how everyone handles anger differently. It does have a good example about finding ...more
Mandy Tennille
Feb 09, 2016 Mandy Tennille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
_When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry…_ by Molly Bang is a story packed full of emotions. Children will love the reading the “rollercoaster” Sophie experiences with emotions of jealousy, anger, sadness, happiness, and gratitude. This book is largely intended for preschoolers and I think it fits this age group because of the simplistic language, but it also lends itself to having the option of being read independently by young elementary children. Younger elementary and especially presch ...more
Brittany Trinh
Feb 08, 2016 Brittany Trinh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: project-1
APA: Bang, M. (1999). When Sophie gets angry: Really, really angry .. The Blue Sky Press.

Review: Sophie is playing with her gorilla when her sister decides to do the same thing. Sophie really does not want to give up her gorilla. Her mom does not help and sides with Sophie’s sister. Sophie ends up falling and gets really upset. To calm her anger, she runs out in the woods and eventually cools off. She comes back home and all is normal. The book’s strengths are how it is relatable to younger chil
Maria Estrada
Jan 31, 2016 Maria Estrada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This picture book, "When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really Angry" by Molly Bang is about a little girl named Sophie. Sophie gets really mad with certain things that happen to her. The story takes place at Sophie's house with her sister, her mom. Sophie became very angry one day because she didn't want to share a stuffed gorilla with her sister. She tried pulling the gorilla but fell over a truck and that is when she became really, really angry. She got so angry that she ran away into nature. Som ...more
• Summarize the book
This book describes the main character, the young girl Sophie, as she gets in an argument with her older sister over a toy and becomes explosively angry. In her anger she runs out of the house and out beyond her woods, into her favorite tree. As she runs and sits in her tree her anger turns to sadness followed by calming down and regaining her equilibrium. She then returns home and her family, with no shaming, welcomes her home.

• Identify the characteristics from the text
Heather Souders
Sep 24, 2015 Heather Souders rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I read this book, the story resonated within me. For the five minutes it took me to read the book, I felt as if I was the little girl in the story. The visual representations and plot brought me back to the times when I was little when I experienced anger. It is very relatable to preschoolers and school-age children. I nanny a third-grade boy who experiences anger outbursts on a daily basis, and this book mimicked him perfectly. As children read this book, they can put themselves in the littl ...more
Stephanie Walker
I thought this book was great in portraying anger to young children. The pictures are very interesting and my favorite scene was of Sophie sitting on the tree looking out to the ocean. I loved how the author illustrated anger through pictures and objects. This book is great for young readers as it helps them understand what anger is and how to control their own anger. Since the pictures are inviting, I think this book could be read to any age even if the child does not understand the story. Soph ...more
Morgan Putty
Sep 23, 2015 Morgan Putty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved reading this book, even as a 21 year old I was entertained thoroughly the whole time and it taught a good lesson. This book is perfect for the age group of preschoolers that it is intended for because it is in preschool that you need to learn the lesson of not getting angry the most. Sophie teaches this age group that if you get angry or something doesn't go your way, screaming and crying doesn't fix things, but being calm and removing yourself from the situation allows you to get over t
Kelli Torgersen
Sep 08, 2015 Kelli Torgersen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry... by Molly Bang is a story that every child can relate to as well as a Caldecott Honor Book. In this picture book a young girl named Sophie gets angry because her sister took her stuffed toy gorilla from her. This makes Sophie so angry that she screams and want to "smash the world to smithereens." The reader then learns that when Sophie gets angry, she runs. She runs as far as she can into nature where she finds peace and reason while sitting in the b ...more
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