Curious, compelling tales of animal anger, luminously illustrated.

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The Day No One was Angry

$27.99$34.99

Twelve stunningly illustrated, poetic, and funny stories about grumpy animals from an internationally acclaimed Dutch writer and a hugely popular French illustrator.

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  • Description

    The Day No One Was Angry is a funny, thoughtful look at anger. In 12 short chapters, we see different animals in various states of angriness. Some try to understand their anger, some try to tame it, while others let their anger overwhelm them. These stories are funny and wry, but also offer a gently profound reflection of the nature of human emotions.

    Marc Boutavant’s delicate, stunning full colour illustrations put the reader in the heart of the forest, surrounded by endearingly grumpy animals.

    This book is a beautifully produced hardback which would make the perfect gift for older children as well as adults.


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin The Netherlands
    Reader Age 8-12 year, 11-14 year
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  • Reviews

    1. Publishers Weekly (US), June 2015

      A book that invites readers to noodle around with their own relationship to anger in all of its various forms. … Like the lovely classic, The Little Prince, this is a book unafraid of deeper emotions and ambiguities.

    2. Tomorrow’s Schools Today (NZ), February 2015

      Amusingly written and beautifully illustrated this is a great read for 9 year olds and the perfect book for in-school ‘Storytime’ or bedtime storytelling for 6 to 10 years.

    3. Outside in World (UK), February 2015

      This is a winning combination form a master storyteller and an artist who has produced visual images to feast your eyes upon.

    4. Look/Book Report (UK), January 2015

      At once an incredible resource for children … and an engaging collection of stories that are charming, insightful, humorous and perceptive.

    5. Look/Book Report (UK), January 2015

      An incredible resource for children learning to articulate the myriad subtleties of human emotion, and an engaging collection of stories that are charming, insightful, humorous and perceptive.

    6. Tots to Teens (NZ), January 2015

      Funny and wry … offers a gently profound reflection of the nature of human emotions. This book is as relevant for adults and older children as it is for younger children.

    7. Kirkus Reviews (US), January 2015

      Pleasantly lacking moral-mongering, this fresh collection will appeal to parents and children who enjoy sharing stories as springboards to discussion and speculation.

    8. The Sunday Times Culture Magazine (UK), December 2014

      A book for reading to anyone inclined to Christmas spats and tantrums.

    9. Books for Keeps (UK), December 2014

      Fun, quirky and insightful.

    10. Around the Bookshops (NZ), December 2014

      A gentle but subtle look at the nature of human emotions.

    11. Metro (UK), November 2014

      Curious, compelling tales of animal anger, luminously illustrated.

    12. Waikato Times (NZ), November 2014

      Often witty and wry but always gentle and kind with a subtle underpinning affirmation of human emotions. The added charm to this book is that adults will find it as delightful as children.

    13. Armadillo Magazine (UK), November 2014

      Wry, funny and clever … a book for one and all, a delight and joy to read over and again, a calming influence in a frenetic world.

    14. Read it, Daddy! (UK), November 2014

      The perfect book for before-bed reading, each animal tale can be satisfyingly polished off by an early reader – and they’re also brilliant for parents to read to their children – not too long, not too short. One of the best [children’s anthologies] we’ve seen in a long while.

    15. Booksellers We Love Books (NZ), November 2014

      My first instinct upon bringing it home was to wish I could paper my walls with the pages, while still preserving the book in all its glory! It is reminiscent of no other book, a unique gem.

    16. Magpie That (UK), October 2014

      These stories are funny and wry, but also offer a gently profound reflection of the nature of human emotions … This book is a beautifully produced hardback which would make the perfect gift for older children as well as adults.

    17. Bookrapt (NZ), Jean Bennett, October 2014

      Humour underlines the ridiculous situations the obstinate, grumpy characters find themselves in as a result of their anger. Each story offers opportunities to talk about emotions, how to resolve problems, and how to get along with others … These quirky anecdotes are suitable for junior readers transitioning from picture books to chapter books. Perfect stories to read aloud and discuss with a group.

    18. Poetry Box (NZ), September 2014

      Ahhh! What a good book! There is folk-tale-ish-ness about the tales. I love the way you see an emotion in so many different ways.

    19. The Bookbag (UK), September 2014

      A unique little read … [The illustrations are] classically brilliant and beautifully classic – I don’t know if they’re pastel or ink, whatever, but they’re just perfect, with scale, realism and character all included for the animals.

    20. The Illustrated Forest (UK), August 2014

      This book possesses that inexplicable magic quality that will no doubt ensure it withstands the test of time. As picture books go, The Day No One Was Angry is so completely stunning as to put it up there with the other picture book greats.


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