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Finn Throws a Fit

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Artwork gives humorous spin to tale of a "terrible two."

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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Amusing and somewhat surreal representation of a toddler tantrum

This book is oddly amusing, and our son loves it. The artwork is quite unusual, and some pages are partly sketched out, partly colored in. This seems to be for effect. It features a lot of imagery of "natural disasters" occurring in the home, as a symbol of the child's mood. There is no real plot, and absolutely nothing educational about it. While it is a bit far-fetched, it could be good for teaching children to let their imagination run free... and serve as a reminder that while their mood may consume them during a fit, that the rains will eventually dry up, and the winds will die down.

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In playful artwork that is a perfect partner to the simplicity of the tale, the book captures a raging toddler-driven storm while giving a humorous spin to the whole experience. Importantly, the first image is of the angelic, smiling toddler before the tantrum begins. And, the ending again shows the happy loving family, together again after having weathered the whole experience.

Readers will love these illustrations. Drawn with dark grease pencil lines and charcoal, and painted in oils, the faces, and body positions, of the Mom, Dad, and Finn are so expressive that only a few words are needed to tell the story. Even the dog adds to the mood. The toddler, with his yellow boots, comfy-looking blue onesie, and cuddly blanket is adorable even when upsetting the household. Throughout the pages small details add energy and humor. Just enough is shown, and just enough is said.

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