Joshua’s Bookshelf!: Sam’s Pet Temper, by Sangeeta Bhadra

[This review is based on the ARC (Advance Reader Copy) digital edition published by Kids Can Press Ltd. in 2014.]

So what’s it about?
Sam discovers how troublesome it is to have a Temper as a pet! The Temper causes all kinds of trouble for Sam at school, on the playground, and at home. Things get so bad that Sam’s mother has to pick him up from school early — she’s extremely angry and tells Sam that he must learn to control his Temper on his own and that no one can do it for him. His Temper reaches a boiling point on the playground one day and Sam figures out how to get it under control!

What did we think of the book?
The artwork in this book was stark, as it needed to be — Tempers are ugly things and the illustrations reflect that:

I really loved that the Temper became its own being apart from Sam. I was able to talk to Joshua about how his tempers look very ugly and scary as they do in the book, and that learning to control them will make them go away. He’s a bit young yet to figure that out on his own, so at this point I still let him simply ride it out until it’s over instead of making him figure out how to stop it mid-tantrum. Joshua was able to understand from the illustrations how temper tantrums can alienate children from each other, that they aren’t good to have, and that there are ways to make them stop.

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
Definitely!! Sam’s Pet Temper is a great resource for parents and children who are dealing with tantrums. We’ll definitely be keeping a copy!

Sam’s Pet Temper will be available for purchase on September 1, 2014. Click here to pre-order a copy via Barnes and Noble or IndieBound!