When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry

Book review by
Ann Marie Sammataro, Common Sense Media
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Kids will respond to Sophie's frustration.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Sophie has a tantrum, then runs away into the woods to calm down.

Violence & Scariness

When Sophie "roars a red, red roar," the illustration shows Sophie spewing flames.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sophie deals with her anger by removing herself from the situation and running. Young readers may need clarification that the can't just take off running when they're upset.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybearwithme March 10, 2019


After getting upset the little girl runs out of the house, into the woods, (her parents property?), stays out by herself for quite some time, and then comes hom... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 and 8-year-old Written byMKCC December 20, 2009


I think its OK.
Kid, 8 years old January 21, 2010

very good

I love the book so much!!! I think it's very good for kids. I have the book at school. and I read it all the time. I like the picures a lot it's a ver... Continue reading

What's the story?

Incensed over having her toy snatched, Sophie spirals into a fit of monumental proportions. First she acts out, stomping and hollering. Then, still simmering, she's out the door, running off her excess energy.

Finally, a bout of tears erases the last vestiges of Sophie's anger. Now she is ready to climb her favorite tree and let nature console her. A soothed and collected Sophie returns to the welcoming embrace of her family.

Is it any good?

This accessible story helps kids understand that anger is a natural response, that it happens to almost everyone, and that there are ways to manage it. Most important, the author reassures children that their families will still love them when it's over. Full-color pages are alight with blazing reds, oranges, and purples at the height of Sophie's rage, only to be replaced with tranquil blues and serene greens as her equilibrium is restored.

Most kids will recognize their own behavior in Sophie's outburst. Molly Bang encourages readers to be responsible for their anger and angry actions, showing how Sophie works to resolve her anger on her own -- without time-outs or punishment. Sophie's choice of anger management -- running -- may be problematic for some parents. While older children can understand that Sophie is removing herself from the situation in order to calm down, younger children may require additional adult commentary.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about dealing with anger and frustration. What do you do when you get really, really angry? Does it help? What other techniques could you try?

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