Monday, December 19, 2011

Children's Book Review: Sometimes I'm Bombaloo

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (bkshelf) (Scholastic Bookshelf)

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo
Written by: Rachel Vail
Illustrated by:  Yumi Heo
Published by: Scholastic Press, 2002
32 pages

Sometimes, Katie loses her temper.Sometimes she uses her feet and her fists instead of words. When Katie is this mad, she's just not herself. Sometimes, she's BOMBALOO.Being BOMBALOO is scary. But a little time-out and a lot of love calm BOMBALOO down and help Katie feel like Katie again!

* Sometimes I'm Bombaloo is a great book for helping children relate to their feelings. In the beinning, the main character, Katie, names a lot of things that she can do.  It was fun being able to ask my own children if they could do the same things as Katie, which gave them a connection to the main character.  The kids could identify that being "Bombaloo" was feeling angry, and yes, they've felt that way before.  The book also helps validate that it's okay to feel "bombaloo" once in awhile, but it's also important to take some time out to think about why they feel that way.  I felt this book was really relevant for my daughter, who has been having some attitude/emotional issues recently.  Especially the ending, where Katie realizes that her mother knows that being "Bombaloo" can be scary for Katie, and that she still loves her. 

Family rating:  2 thumbs up.

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