Howard B. Wigglebottom has a problem with anger. When he gets mad, he acts inappropriately, and then he has to sit in time out. He’s sad that he’s always in trouble, but he doesn’t know how to fix it.
One day his friend Ali explains how she knows she’s getting angry and how she handles her anger. He practices with her techniques and soon knows how to act appropriately, even when he gets upset.
Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns It’s OK to Back Away addresses anger management for kids, but I felt it just scratched the surface of this problem. Doing something to feel better, as suggested, doesn’t always work when kids get upset and don’t have time to turn to another outlet. Learning to understand and control their anger when they absolutely must do it right now is also important. Classroom discussions should focus not only on the topics presented, but also on other anger management issues encountered on a regular basis.
Reviewer: Alice Berger