I Was So Mad, by: Mercer Mayer is one of the books we’ve been reading to our daughter for about the past year. It gets read multiple times a week at bedtime. It used to be every bedtime until we thought we should throw something else into the rotation. I Was So Mad is a cute “Little Critter” story about a little boy who gets mad because his parents won’t let him do what he wants to do.
He doesn’t have mean parents or grandparents. They are normal things that any parent would tell their small child not to do. What I like is that this story is told from the perspective of that child. It’s a character that any kid could relate to; it’s a life’s-unfair sort of story. Told this way, I think a child might see the ridiculousness of the requests (frogs in the bathtub). It also makes the ending nice for parents. Even if your child is angry at you and says they want to run away, just wait and something will distract them and they’ll forget that they were “so mad”.
One more thing, the little mouse that follows him around is so cute!