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When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry


3.94  ·  Rating details ·  6,757 ratings  ·  1,073 reviews
This beautifully designed book tells the story of a little girl named Sophie, who learns that it's okay to be angry.
Everybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. Parents, teachers, and children can talk about it. People do lots of different things when they get angry. In this Caldecott Honor book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Blue Sky Press (first published 1999)
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Our family had a good little laugh over this. We started reading this, and the nephew and I looked at each other and we said that Sophie is much like the niece when she gets mad. She is much better now, but that girl used to throw some of the best tantrums around. Sophie handles it in a great way. She explodes and then runs outside and climbs a big tree to look at the world. That’s great for living in the country, but in the city, it’s not really as easy to do that. The niece did not take kindly ...more
La Coccinelle
Dec 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children
I can't believe this won awards. Aside from the extremely unpleasant illustrations, I thought it sent a terrible message. Do we really want children running alone into the woods and climbing a tall tree every time they get angry? Plus, in an era where elopement is a problem with autistic kids who get overwhelmed, I don't think encouraging children to potentially get themselves lost in the woods is a great idea. (The fact that Sophie's sister is later seen playing with a bunch of puzzle pieces--t ...more
(NS) Lauren
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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 a
Lisa Vegan
Terrific book for helping kids cope with any angry feelings that they feel. The story depicts how a child can feel a very intense feeling and deal with it in an appropriate way, and, very importantly, shows how feelings don’t last, but pass. The book contains wonderful, colorful illustrations which really enhance the story.
The artwork works very well to convey the emotions, but it is VERY unappealing to look at...
I'm a fan of most stories that help kids deal with emotions.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Anger
Happily absorbed in her play, Sophie is unprepared when her sister grabs her toy gorilla, and absolutely infuriated when her mother points out that it is her sister's turn to play with it. Boiling over with rage, feeling like a volcano about to explode, Sophie does what she always does when she gets very, very angry: she runs...

Chosen as a Caldecott Honor book in 2000, When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry is illustrated in vibrant, primary colors that perfectly capture the emoti
Nichole Sedler
Dec 12, 2007 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
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: pbf-emotions
This simple book has a short text dealing with Sophie's getting angry over having to share a stuffed gorilla with her sister. I like the way that the author/illustrator's colors match the child's mood--lots of loud, brash reds and yellows for her temper tantrum, and soft blues and greens for when she calms down. Although I am not a big fan of Bang's style of illustration, it does work effectively for this book.
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017
In "When Sophie gets Angry-- Really, Really, Angry..." all you really see is a little girl showing her tale after not wanting to share with her sister, something that would earn my own children a pop on the bottom. I believe that this story could have been written better, with more details on what makes you feel angry, but also what it takes to calm down in the different situations- not just a little girl who runs away when she gets mad.

I was not impressed.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
What I like most about this book is how it shows kids that it's okay and perfectly normal to get angry once in a while as long as you have an effective, healthy way to deal with said anger.
Latoya Sharaine
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Kirah Marshall
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-summaries
1. In this book, Sophie is playing with toys. Her mother makes her share a toy gorilla with her sister, but Sophie wasn't finished playing with it. She gets very upset she has to share. She kicks and screams. Then she runs and continues to run until she is surrounded by nature. She climbs a tree and is calmed down by observing the nature around her. After she is calmed down, she returns home, and everything is back to normal.
2. I would say appropriate grade level for this book would be pre-k to
NS Kelley
Oct 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a book about a little girl who gets incredibly angry and is able to calm down by running outside and observing nature. While I think this is a great coping mechanism (I often encourage my kids to go outside to calm down when they are angry), I was annoyed at the way the mom handled the sharing incident at the beginning of the book. Sophie's younger sister took away a toy that Sophie was playing with and said, "My turn!" and their mother took the younger sister's side and insisted that So ...more
Barbara N. Hernandez
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: week-3
Text-to-Text Connection: How is the topic, theme, or story elements connected to a different children’s book?

Anger and how we express our anger is the theme of this children's book. The main character Sophie becomes angry over her sister taking a toy she was playing with and Sophie lets her anger get the better of her. "She kicks. She screams. She wants to smash the world to smithereens. She roars a red, red roar." Sophie eventually calms down and everything goes back to normal, but
Oct 05, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Linda Lipko
Of the Caldecott honor and medal books I've read thus far, this one is not stellar or even mediocre.

The illustrations seem harsh and bright, they are very hard on the eyes!
Sophie cannot control her anger and she kicks, screams and wants to smash "the world to smithereens."

She runs, she cries and then she discovers the beauty of nature and calms down. She returns home and is welcomed and everyone is glad she's home.

End of the "real" world perhaps Sophie shou
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
Anna Smith
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Story Summary: Sophie is a young girl that doesn't like to share! One afternoon she is playing with a toy in her room and her sister asked to play with it because it was her turn. Sophie's sister took the toy and this made Sophie so angry that she left her home and went on a very long walk! She climbed a tree and watched the ocean and felt the breeze. She soon calmed down and went back home where her family was waiting for her.
Grade: 1st-3rd
Classroom: Lesson over interactions with ot
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
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, which I
The illustrations in this are great, and most kids can relate pretty well to Sophie. I found, however, that while they relate to Sophie's temper tantrum at the beginning of the book, Sophie's solution to it -- to run into the woods and be alone for a while -- doesn't really scan with West Philadelphia preschoolers. They honestly don't seem to get it. Probably if Sophie went up to her room to be alone or hid in her closet or something, it would make more sense to them...
Katy Houseman
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book to use when you have children who may get angry easily or who just don`t know how to deal with anger. Everyone deals with anger in differnt ways. This book can act as a conversation starter on ways to deal with anger. ...more
Ashley Adams
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
A children's story that illustrates how emotions can take over. It can help to take some space, and to move your body.
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Cassandra Lemieux
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summaries
Summary: Sophie is a young girl who gets very angry when she doesn't get her way. She throws a huge tantrum and runs until she can no longer run anymore. Then she cries for a little bit. Sophie knows how to calm herself down and when reading you will see how.
Grade level: K-4
Classroom use: This could be used any day in the classroom. It has a great moral and all kids could benefit from reading.
Individual students who may benefit from reading: Any child who also get angry easily could read
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Sophie is a little girl learning how to deal with big emotions. Really, really big emotions! All children can relate to this story of overcoming and working through difficult emotions. When she has to share with her sister, Sophie learns how to calm herself. After she is calm, she returns to her play with a new sense of being able to put herself right again! The brightly colored pages and the illustrations match Sophie's feelings and become great talking points for discussing emotions and what h ...more
Erin Lewis
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think this is a really cute book. I like the way it is illustrated, as well as the font choice, because it makes it more appealing to younger children. It is very age appropriate because it teaches a lesson about anger management that children need to be learning around the preschool age before they enter grade school. It's a very good representation of a story book because it tells the full story of how Sophie manages her anger, and it is also illustrated very well. I would use this book to h ...more
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