I Really Want to Shout

I Really Want to Shout

I Really Want to Shout
Simon Philip, illus Lucia Gaggiotti

Templar Publishing

ISBN 9781787416802

Sometimes I find it really tough to make sure I'm not in a huff because there's simply so much stuff that makes me want to yell.

We all get angry once in a while, but it can be hard to know what to do when we feel this way. The determined heroine of I Really want the Cake is back with a new connundrum. What should she do when she REALLY wants to shout?

Librarian's Book choice

I Really Want to Shout is the latest in the 'I Really Want to...' series by Simon Philip and illustrator Lucia Gaggiotti. In this story, we follow the little girl as she struggles to control her emotions and anger. Instantly, it is easy to relate to the character as she encounters many infuriating experiences...some of which brought flashbacks to my own childhood. Everything from having to eat her greens to dealing with confrontations in the playground bring her to want to shout.

This urge and outburst of emotions leads to the adults in her life having to reprimand her and it seems to her that life is just not fair. However, a new friend starts to show the little girl that when our anger and emotions start to bubble up inside us, it is best to draw our feelings out. To sketch them, paint them, colour them so we can see them with our eyes. This advice is well received...until the girl uses it in the wrong place!

It seems that the girl will never get to grips with how she is feeling and begins to bottle it all up. As adults, we know the danger of this and luckily for the little girl, her dad is on hand to give her the answer she has been craving....that it is OK to let your anger out in the right way. We then see the strong paternal bond between the two as he comforts her.

Simon Philip has created a text that using rhyme to engage the listener but also allows the reader to tell the story with an easy pace and flow. The repetition of a similar phrase to the title can allow for audience participation. The story itself is longer than I was expecting from this picture book but there is a clear journey and you feel committed to helping the little girl by finishing the story. Lucia Gaggiotti has provided bright, vibrant and comic style illustrations that prove to be just as engaging the story they accompany.

I would recommend this text to any teacher or school worker within the EYFS and Primary age range. The story is easy to follow and read but delivers that all important message regarding controlling and identifying your emotions. This is a key objective within the PHSE curriculum and is always the subject of circle times throughout the year. Using this book as a hook, a lesson could easily be planned and delivered. I can also imagine art work being completed around the idea of bottling emotions. Overall, a really useful addition to the PHSE section of a class or school library.

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Kyle Matravers, teacher


Reviews

I Really Want to Shout5/5

I Really Want to Shout

Simon Philip, illus Lucia Gaggiotti

Review

I Really Want to Shout is the latest in the 'I Really Want to...' series by Simon Philip and illustrator Lucia Gaggiotti. In this story, we follow the little girl as she struggles to control her emotions and anger. Instantly, it is easy to relate to the character as she encounters many infuriating experiences...some of which brought flashbacks to my own childhood. Everything from having to eat her greens to dealing with confrontations in the playground bring her to want to shout.

This urge and outburst of emotions leads to the adults in her life having to reprimand her and it seems to her that life is just not fair. However, a new friend starts to show the little girl that when our anger and emotions start to bubble up inside us, it is best to draw our feelings out. To sketch them, paint them, colour them so we can see them with our eyes. This advice is well received...until the girl uses it in the wrong place!

It seems that the girl will never get to grips with how she is feeling and begins to bottle it all up. As adults, we know the danger of this and luckily for the little girl, her dad is on hand to give her the answer she has been craving....that it is OK to let your anger out in the right way. We then see the strong paternal bond between the two as he comforts her.

Simon Philip has created a text that using rhyme to engage the listener but also allows the reader to tell the story with an easy pace and flow. The repetition of a similar phrase to the title can allow for audience participation. The story itself is longer than I was expecting from this picture book but there is a clear journey and you feel committed to helping the little girl by finishing the story. Lucia Gaggiotti has provided bright, vibrant and comic style illustrations that prove to be just as engaging the story they accompany.

I would recommend this text to any teacher or school worker within the EYFS and Primary age range. The story is easy to follow and read but delivers that all important message regarding controlling and identifying your emotions. This is a key objective within the PHSE curriculum and is always the subject of circle times throughout the year. Using this book as a hook, a lesson could easily be planned and delivered. I can also imagine art work being completed around the idea of bottling emotions. Overall, a really useful addition to the PHSE section of a class or school library.

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Kyle Matravers, teacher

Reviewed by: Kyle Matravers


I Really Want to Shout5/5

I Really Want to Shout

Simon Philip, illus Lucia Gaggiotti

Review

I Really Want to Shout is a picture book written by Simon Philip and illustrated by Lueia Gaggiotti. The story follows a young girl who struggles with her emotions. The character comes up against having to finish her dinner and playing with people who are not very good at sharing. All these things make her really want to shout! Consequently, these outbursts have a knock-on effect on the adults who end up wanting to shout as well.

The girl knows that something needs to change so she tries various things such as bottling up her emotions and pretending that they don't exist but this does not work and she just ends up bursting with emotions. Eventually, the girl tries some calming techniques which are definite talking and learning points for the reader to take away. She also surmises that she needs to talk about her emotions with other people and this blend of strategies is her key to handling all of life's challenges.

The book teaches the reader that anger is an emotion that everyone experiences and the examples of anger and frustration inducing situations are very relatable. Simon Philip uses rhyme which helps with the flow of the story and creates a wonderful pace. The plot, in conjunction with the rhyme, makes the reader feel invested to help the girl overcome her battle with her emotions.

The illustrations are lovely in this picture book. I love how whole pages are taken over by the screams of frustration from this girl. It shows that emotions can sometimes be all-consuming and this also engages the younger readers as they are then encouraged to shout out loud as well.

I would recommend this book for all children as it will give them a tool that they can use when they feel over-encumbered with emotions. It would be especially effective for adults who work with children who particularly struggle with expressing their emotions in a safe and sensible way. Furthermore, this book would make a perfect addition to a PSHE scheme of work for schools. I would recommend this book for children aged 3yrs+

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by James Hewish, teacher

Reviewed by: James Hewish