That Makes Me Mad! by Steven Kroll

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What makes Nina mad? Well, just the kinds of things that would make any kid mad—Sometimes you talk about me like I'm not even there . . . When I want you fast and it takes you forever . . . When it's my turn to talk and nobody listens . . . that makes me mad!

In this spirited portrait of daily life through the eyes of a child, Steven Kroll reveals precisely what drives children crazy. First published in 1976, these vignettes still resonate with profound humor and emotional truth while Christine Davenier's all-new illustrations overflow with buoyant energy and expression. Here is an ideal book for parents and children to share-for pure pleasure or for exploring emotions and family love.

 

About Steven Kroll

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Steven Kroll is the author of the best-selling The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, as well as Oh, Tucker!, By the Dawn's Early Light, Lewis and Clark, and many others. He lives in New York City. Christine Davenier has illustrated a number of children's books, including The Other Dog, Mabel Dancing, and Very Best (Almost) Friends: Poems of Friendship. She lives in Paris, France.
 
Published July 1, 2002 by SeaStar. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Besides such obvious complaints as ""when I need to stay up late and it's always my bedtime, that makes me mad,"" Kroll remembers that kids get mad ""when you tell me I like something you know I don't,"" ""when you talk about me like I'm not even there,"" and when ""I change my mind too late."" E...

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In new illustrations, Davenier (The First Thing My Mama Told Me, 2002, etc.) animates Nina and her family with swift brushstrokes using watercolor to create a layered effect that shades with a combination of techniques, including a dab of acrylic on a semi-dry brush that bares a striking likeness...

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From “When I do something nice and no one cares…” or “When you get mad at ME and I didn’t do it…” to “When I NEED you and you make me WAIT…” Nina’s complaints range from actual injustice to self-absorbed whining and so have near-universal applicability.

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Nina's ire is stirred by her own limitations, by adults' underestimation, by rules and by toys that insist on getting lost. Kroll (The Biggest Pumpkin Ever</EMPHASIS

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Hilary Knight charmed generations of readers with his illustrations for Kay Thompson's Eloise books, and over 60 years later, he hasn't lost his touch.

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