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Allie All Along

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  94 reviews
“What appears to be a simple story upon first glance actually offers uncomplicated yet practical remedies for helping a child deal with a strong emotion.” —Booklist (Starred review)

“Allie’s crayon broke.
I blinked.
She was suddenly . . .
furious, fuming, frustrated . . .”

Have you ever felt mad enough to stomp, smash, and crash? Allie has! Meet one angry little girl and see h
40 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Sterling
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Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I like the methods the story used to deal with anger. We often expect kids to be in control of their emotions without giving them the proper tools.
Kate Narita
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Love Sarah Lynne Reul's use of color in Allie All Along. I'm a sucker for anything presented in rainbow color order. Besides delighting in the color palette, this book also contains good anger management strategies for the little ones in your life... whether they be at home or in the classroom. Lastly, readers will learn various synonyms for the word "angry" that they can incorporate into their growing vocabulary. Got anger? Get Allie All Along!
Lisa Nagel
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. A wonderful and funny book, great for a read aloud to help kids deal with angry feelings. Anger sometimes can be overwhelming and tough for youngsters, and this gem has the humor and practical techniques to help let those feelings out. Loved the illustrations too.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: t, 2018t
Why we chose this book:
To reinforce healthy ways to cope with anger. Sterling Publishing provided a review copy.

Mom's Review (V)

Allie's brother helps her process her anger over a broken crayon.

T and I both like this book immensely. Since it arrived in the mail about two weeks ago, he has asked for it as his bedtime story almost every night. One of his favorite aspects is the endpaper. The front endpaper depicts a broken crayon against a backdrop of red scribbles. The back endpaper depicts that s
Baby Bookworm
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Allie All Along by Sarah Lynne Reul, a tale of a big brother helping his little sister with her emotions.

When Allie’s crayon broke during coloring time, she became – quite suddenly – and furry red ball of rage. After screaming, shouting, and letting it out-ing, the Allie-monster sheds her layer of red fur, revealing a smaller orange monster inside. From there,
Sep 01, 2018 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elizabeth by: Sarah Gordon
A sweet story about helping a kid deal with her anger.

Allie gets over-the-top upset about a small thing -- as often happens, to children and adults alike -- and transforms into a furry red monster, the illustrations really conveying the feeling of being angry.

Her brother offers her non-destructive ways to channel her anger, and each one helps level down her anger (visually depicted by a monster of the next color of the rainbow stepping out of the monster suit -- we move from hot colors to cooler
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great piece for preschoolers about dealing with angry/upset feelings.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a sweet book, and a fantastic tool to help the littles deal with their anger. Special shout out to the helpful older sibling!
A Allen
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Not my favorite book about emotions although possibly the one that deals most comprehensively with anger. I like that the book addresses different calm down methods and I love that the characters are poc. But I don't like the monster-looking bit. It is okay to be angry! It does not make you a monster to have a full range of emotions.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When Allie’s crayon breaks, she is suddenly furious and turns into a bright red anger monster. She stomps, smashes things and throws a tantrum. When her brother gives her a pillow to punch, the worst of the anger leaves. She climbs out of the red monster suit, now an orange monster. Her brother tells her to squeeze her favorite toy really tight. That helped more and soon she was a green monster. Her brother tries more techniques and Allie becomes blue and rather sad. Still, she is herself after ...more
First sentence: SNAP! Allie's crayon broke. I blinked. She was suddenly...furious, fuming, frustrated, and so, so, sooo ANGRY. She stomped, smashed, crashed, and threw a tantrum, a fuss, and a fit.

Premise/plot: Allie's brother helps her calm down and work through her many, many feelings in Sarah Lynne Reul's picture book Allie All Along. [For the record, I am guessing that it is her brother; it could just as well be a friend. Though a friend might be more likely to run far, far away until the st
Sue Hodara
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
"Allie All Along" seems like it's targeted to younger picture book readers, and at one level, it is... Allie seems to be having a tough day and loses it when her crayon breaks. She gets so angry, she "loses it" (the ability to keep herself together).

This colorful book is fantastic for teaching little ones about levels of emotion and helping them understand in a simple and smart way how their emotions might feel intense and overwhelming.

The great thing about "Allile" is that it works on another
Lilith Day
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Allie was really upset when her red crayon broke. She was so angry, she turned all red. Her friend however, knew she was still inside and tried to help her calm down. By using multiple techniques, he was able to help bring Allie back.

What I really loved about this book is how real it is. Allie was not expected to calm down right away. Rather, she went through stages of emotions to help her out. This book helps takes kids from an anger state to a rational state.

Another point I want to make is h
Allie's crayon breaks when playing, and she loses it - she's a furry little red rage monster now! By screaming, crying, etc., she gradually sheds layers of fur - red to orange, orange to green, and so on - feeling a little better each time. Finally, Allie and her brother have worked through all her emotions, calming her back down to the real Allie – a regular little girl. This is a great book for validating and dealing with emotions, complete with different coping skills. I loved the supportive ...more
Age: Toddler-Preschool
Emotions: Anger
Concept Skill: Colors

Another stellar picture book addition for those hard-to-cope-with emotions. Allie the monster's crayon broke and in a moment, Allie was suddenly "furious, fuming, frustrated, and so, so, soooo ANGRY!" A boy tries to help Allie calm down, encouraging different forms of stress relief and calming techniques. Along the way, she gradually winds down as we see her zipping out of layers of anger, starting with a blood red and gradually going int
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: younglings
I love this picture book! It is a fantastic addition to any collection of books on feelings and emotions, and Story Time programs looking to deal with these topics. It essentially displays a series of coping mechanisms to assist with anger management in a way that's accessible and palatable for children. There's some color association, too (red equals bad) which may not hold up for non-Western readers, but certainly could work in color-theory-related children's programming as well. It also has t ...more
Margie Wells
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: considerations
Do you ever get angry? Do you have to breathe in and out? Do you need to punch a pillow? In this adorably creative book, Sarah Lynne Reul teaches calming strategies to children in an artistic and emotional way. After the main character Allie's "fire fury explosion red crayon" breaks, Allie helps the crayon calm down. As an elementary school librarian, I would immediately add this book to the collection and be sure our guidance counselor, art teacher and kindergarten teachers all had classroom co ...more
Cassie Thornton
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great, full of color book. This book could help students who get frustrated easily or just in general. It give ideas on how to calm down. This book is great because it can give students ways to calm down and it also shows them that they are not the only one who get frustrated and angry. This story could be read out loud to a whole class or have students read it when they are getting angry so they can try the steps Allie used to calm down. The book is also full of bright colors which co ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime, childrens
Allie becomes 'furious, fuming, frustrated, and so, so, soooo ANGRY' when her crayon breaks. Her brother, the narrator, helps her calm down with various actions such as squeezing toys, punching pillows and taking deep breaths. Each action helps release some of the anger, till Allie reappears, having turned into an angry scribble monster.
The story is cute, when her anger is gone Allie looks like herself again and asks for a hug. Her brother gives her one. We don't know why the broken crayon made
Patricia McLaughlin
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
In this therapeutic story, two siblings teach each other how to defuse a tantrum. The text introduces simple anger-management techniques while the ingenious illustrations use color-coded monster suits to represent the different degrees of anger, which are removed as the interventions help the child move through each emotional layer. After the countdown, sharing a healthy snack would also be recommended to allow the toddler’s likely low blood sugar levels to return to normal before the final inte ...more
Anyone that has ever spent time around a toddler having an angry meltdown knows that it can be very difficult to bring a sense of calm back to the situation. Teaching young children to calm themselves down after a setback or when they're just in a bad mood is so important. This book walks young readers through the meltdown from the moment a favorite crayon breaks to the point when everything is back under control and ready for hugging it out. Bright, vibrant digital illustrations complement the ...more
Cara Byrne
Feb 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I really appreciate how this book teaches readers different techniques for calming down, including hugging a stuffed animal very tight and blowing as if one were trying to extinguish birthday candles, but the illustrations of the large monster who kept shedding fur to reveal another intimidating monster scared my preschooler and made her upset. While it fits with the themes of the book well, it's just not a book she was comfortable with.
Jessie Oliveros
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
With sparse text and vibrant, meaningful illustrations the author has captured perfectly the quickly escalating rage of a young child and what he or she can do to make it better. I loved the layers Allie shed along the way as her temper calmed. I loved the brother, so intent on helping her. I loved the methods Allie used to diffuse her anger. And in the end she just needed a hug. Perfect.
Allie and her brother are coloring but suddenly Allie's crayon breaks. Her brother watches as she becomes an anger monster. He walks her through several calming exercises like breathing and counting. Eventually he is able to bring his sister back and send the anger monster packing.

A fantastic book for social-emotional learning.
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Beautifully simple book about a big brother and his very angry little sister, drawn colorfully like a furry monster. Doesn't demonize feeling angry and frustrated- it's written with great empathy. Ends as sister is helped to calm down and given a big hug. Just lovely. Can't wait to read during "Feelings" storytime.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This colorful book does a great job of showing how a small child can overcome a strong emotion like anger. In this book Allie is in the midst of a meltdown but is able to work through her feelings and get herself together. Great read and easy for young children to relate to. A good learning tool to discuss how young children can manage their feelings.
Elaine Fultz
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Basically an updated version of When Sophie Gets Angry (Bang), this story features brown-skinned brother and sister (who spends most of the book as a furry muppet-like monster) who deflate the sister's anger one color at a time (red to gold to green to blue) until she becomes herself again. A lesson in dealing with anger presented in a storytime-friendly flow.
Kary H.
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read this for many preschool outreach storytimes, and every single group has paid rapt attention to it. The use of color, the page turns, the gradual diminishing of the anger through various strategies, the brother/sister relationship....this is an excellent book on many levels.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don't know about this one...a lot of people rated it highly, and I guess it's great that it talks about dealing with anger in a healthy way. The text was just really...flat? And the illustrations were unremarkable and simplistic in a non charming way for me.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read-aloud for anyone (young or old) who has been ANGRY! Without passing judgement on the emotion, this story playfully imparts strategies to cool off. Reminds me of Mr. Rogers' song "What Do You Do With the Mad That You feel?" Loved it.
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Sarah Lynne Reul is an author, illustrator and award-winning animator who likes science, tiny things and drawing on photos. Originally from Brooklyn, she now lives near Boston with her family.

After some years in science museum education, she was lured back to school by the magic of making drawings come to life. Armed with an MFA degree in 2D animation, Sarah Lynne now strives to pack the energy o

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