Finn Throws A Fit

Finn Throws A Fit

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Who among us hasn't encountered that force of nature called "a fit"? A best-selling author and illustrator depict a toddler's tantrum in all its horror and hilarity. (Ages 2-4)

Finn likes peaches. Usually. But not today. Today Finn doesn't like anything. Uh-oh. Is Finn going to throw a fit? Author David Elliott directs the event with wit, warmth, and appropriate wariness, while illustrator Timothy Basil Ering's energy and whimsy match this tantrum turn for turn. At once empathetic and uproariously funny, this picture book speaks directly to anyone (young or old) who has ever had -- or tried to contain -- a real earth-quaking, ground-shaking, full-on fit.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780763623562
Branch Call Number: E ELL
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,30 cm
Additional Contributors: Ering, Timothy B.


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JCLJulieT Sep 16, 2014

I was skeptical when I read this to myself at work. I thought, "This is awfully dramatic. Won't my children worry if I tell them tantrums result in floods and storms?" I wasn't sure if they'd get the metaphor.
Then I went home to my own Finn, who was in a monster mood. He threw a terrific and very dramatic fit. I joined him on the floor and told him about this book. "In the book, there's a boy named Finn, just like you. He is so mad. So super mad that he yells and his loud yelling makes the house shake. Does that sound like a book you would like to read? The Finn in the book is sad. He's so sad that he cries so many tears and floods the floor of the house. Can you imagine! The floor all wet with tears." And my own Finn stops yelling and listens. He wants to hear more about the book-Finn.
And so, this book won me over.

quagga Nov 19, 2009

A toddler throws a giant tantrum. I wasn't sure at first that I liked seeing yet another book where the child has hovering parents wrapped around his finger. In early scenes where Finn's temper is beginning to flare, the father is on his knees, cajoling with an assortment of toys and a soother. (He is obviously not a young man; his hair is half gone.) But Ering's charcoal and oil paintings won me over. They are delightfully funny. Finn himself is depicted as more head than body and wearing yellow boots. His yelling, tears and stamping feet cause storms, hurricanes and blizzards to sweep through the house, tumbling furniture, parents and pet in the rampage. The dog is surfing on a flying dinner plate in one spread. I enjoyed the hyperbole and I especially liked the ending. "It lasts until it doesn't." Tantrums are often inexplicable. Finn is sweet and lovable at the end... he even says "Please." Ages 1 - 4 (and their beleaguered parents).

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