Top critical review
Book tries so hard to be inclusive of everyone that it detracts from the message
Reviewed in the United States on May 12, 2022
The book starts off with 4 pictures of kids depicting various emotions. The words that say said emotions are out of order with the pictures. That's confusion number one. Toddlers need the pictures and words to match. Next page has a kid with a prosthetic. Fine, but distracting. Instead of reading the nice words about feelings, the toddler is completely distracted as to why he has a "robot" leg and then you spend several minutes talking about why people don't have all their limbs instead of focusing on the "no-hitting" point of the book.
Then, the book is telling the toddler to clench their fists to calm down. This tightens up their body even more which is counter-productive. More "hey look how diverse we are" pictures the don't match the message of the book and distract from the supposed "no-hitting" message.
Lastly, for some reason they want the toddler to do sign language instead of yelling. Um, what? Since when does sign language help a toddler calm down? This book was a big disappointment and felt like the author was trying to cram in too many subjects at once. Both me and my son like "Roaring Mad Riley" much better as it addresses how being mad makes you physically feel and has genuine easy to understand steps to calm down.