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Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (Scholastic Bookshelf) (edition 2005)

by Rachel Vail, Yumi Heo (Illustrator)

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Title:Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (Scholastic Bookshelf)
Authors:Rachel Vail
Other authors:Yumi Heo (Illustrator)
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Collections:K-2nd Grade Readers, Modern Fantasy
Rating:*****
Tags:Anger, Emotion, Coping

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Sometimes I'm Bombaloo by Rachel Vail

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Katie Honors is a happy, pleasant sister and daughter. She loves to smile and gives hugs, and forgives her brother when he knocks down her toy creations. Although, just like any child, she turns into an angry "Bombaloo" where she "shows [her] teeth, makes fierce noises..and [her] face scrunches like a monster's." After a while, she calms down and gives her brother kisses and says sorry, while her mother helps her clean up the mess she made and hugs Katie. I really enjoyed this book, because many children can relate to Katie Honors and her emotions as a child. Most children can be set off but something small and fixable, such as when a castle is knocked down. Children get angry, scream, and stomp around, and in the end they resolve the issue, just as Katie Honors did. I also like how this book used descriptive details that children could relate to, such as when Katie talks about her dog, penny collection, blankie, and putting her toys back where they belong, "including the ones with sixty-forty-eight small pieces." This book's central message is forgiveness. ( )
  mkaray1 | Sep 2, 2014 |
Katie sometimes loses control and uses her feet and fists instead of her words to handle her emotions. Katie learns how to make amends
age: 3 to 7
source: Positive Child Guidence
  michellehewitt | Oct 22, 2013 |
I read this book one day during lunch with the children because we were discussing emotions and we had had quite a few outbursts that week
  shyleigh | Oct 15, 2013 |
Many children have to deal with extreme tempers and this book is great way to teach kids how to deal with these extreme emotions. Katie is the main character in the book and she normally is a very nice young lady but sometimes she gets mad and is no longer Katie, but Bombalo instead. Bombalo represents any child's alternate identity when they become angry or upset. This is a story that people of all ages can relate because everybody has bad days and does things they regret out of anger.
  Lizziep | Apr 25, 2013 |
This is the story of how the delightful Katie Honors, who is usually such a well behaved and patient big sister, sometime loses it like crazy with her younger, baby brother. We see one such spaz out in in the book here, where Katie, rants and raves, hurling toys like a maniac after her little brother unwillingly knocks over her masterpiece construction.

I especially love this books firstly because of the terrific, vibrant and active illustrations that really demonstrate perfectly the various moods expressed by Katie. We see her sill and fun and happy and then raging like a hurricane. The active lines used by the illustrator show the liveliness and wildness of Katie's moments. Secondly, the message that one can lose perspective and find their way back to safety through acknowledgement and apology is one we all need to share and remember. ( )
  ShellyCBuchanan | Apr 3, 2010 |
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Katie Honors describes how she loses control when her younger brother messes up her work, and then how she resolves her anger and makes a positive choice.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0439669413, Paperback)

Most of the time Katie Honors is a good kid. But sometimes, when her baby brother has knocked over one too many of her beautiful castles, Katie becomes Bombaloo. She uses her fists and feet instead of her words. Her toys "end up all over the floor--and so does my brother." It takes some alone time, a lot of parental understanding, and a silly episode with flying underwear to calm Bombaloo down again and return her to her happy Katie Honors state.

There aren't too many kids who won't be able to relate to award-winning author Rachel Vail's miniature version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Katie's rage is scary and reflected alarmingly well by illustrator Yumi Heo's collage, pencil, and paint illustrations, reminiscent of the art of Lane Smith, Giselle Potter, and Maira Kalman. The message is clear: sometimes we get angry--really, really angry--but it's important to calm down eventually and make it up to those we may have hurt. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter

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When Katie Honors feels angry and out of control, her mother helps her to be herself again.

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