If Steve Antony’s tongue-in-cheek Betty series is to be believed, it’s almost uncanny how much a baby gorilla has in common with the average 2– to 4-year-old human child.
Life with kids is never short for drama, especially when they’re little and still learning how to manage their emotions and communicate effectively. After all, it’s not for nothing that people came up with the term ‘terrible twos’, since, speaking from personal experience, 2-year-olds seem to be most prone to throwing dramatic tantrums. (Of course, this is not to say that they don’t have angelic days, or that older kids don’t act out from time to time.) Thus, My No No No Day is a highly relatable and comical (in a if-you’re-not-living-through-it way) depiction of a little girl, Bella, who’s having an unusually difficult day where nothing seems to go right — at least in her books.
It’s a rare children’s book that not only manages to put a trying situation into perspective for both children as well as parents, leaving everyone nodding in recognition and giving them something to take away from it, but that is also written so well that both camps enjoy reading it. But that’s exactly what you’ll get from the Llama Llama series by Anna Dewdney.
Things don’t always go the way we want, and learning to take the myriad disappointments that we will inevitably face in life in our stride, is an important coping skill that children have to learn at some point — preferably the earlier, the better — or they (and their parents) will probably end up pretty miserable. (Plus, it’d be a nightmare if they grow up to be petulant grown-ups who still resort to throwing tantrums to get their way!)
No Fits, Nilson! is a brilliant book that helps kids to recognise that tantrums are unnecessary, by giving them an objective, third-person perspective of the situation in the form of a sweet and entertaining story about a little girl Amelia who is best friends with Nilson the gorilla.
Everything is fine and dandy most of the time, except when Nilson throws the biggest fits over the tiniest things — something that many toddlers are apt to do.