Little Monkey Calms Down by Michael Dahl, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
This is the latest in the Hello Genius series and is a nice addition. Little Monkey is having a very bad day. He has an ice cream cone, but it drops on the floor. Little Monkey throws a tantrum but then uses some coping techniques to calm back down. First, he lets himself cry a bit, then snuggles with a blanket. He takes deep breaths, sings quietly and is still and relaxed. Once he feels calmer, his parents give him lots of loving attention and they are set to have a good day.
This book handles toddler tantrums in a very positive and child-centered way. It offers ideas for even the youngest children to model. The narrator voice sounds like a parental voice, so its advice is offered lovingly. I particularly appreciate a book that tells a child it is fine to cry after a disappointment. The entire book exudes warmth and love for this little monkey.
Vidal’s illustrations are invitingly cartoon-styled. Little Monkey’s tantrum is really something to behold but so is his final quiet time where the page shines with bliss.
A great pick for toddlers, this book will be appreciated by parents using gentler parenting techniques with their children as well as schools and parents looking for mindful books for young children. Appropriate for ages 1-3.
Reviewed from digital galley received from Hello Genius and NetGalley.