Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (A Big Feelings Book) (Paperback)

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (A Big Feelings Book) By Rachel Vail, Yumi Heo (Illustrator) Cover Image

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (A Big Feelings Book) (Paperback)

By Rachel Vail, Yumi Heo (Illustrator)


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A tender story that explores BIG feelings and includes a wise take on tantrums and learning how to feel like yourself again!

Katie Honors is a really good kid -- most of the time. But sometimes... well, sometimes, say when her little brother knocks down her beautiful castle after she told him not to touch it and she knows she'll never be able to make it look that good again... sometimes Katie gets so mad she's BOMBALOO, she's just not herself. Sometimes she uses her feet and her fists instead of words.

Being Bombaloo is scary. But a little time-out and a lot of love and understanding from Mom calms Bombaloo down and help Katie feel like Katie again! This is a warm book about losing your temper and how to feel like yourself again. With Yumi Heo's bright illustrations and Rachel Vail's sweet text, this title is the perfect read aloud for librarians, teachers, and parents.

Yumi Heo was born and raised in Korea, where she studied graphic design. She has written and illustrated many books, including ONE AFTERNOON. She lives in White Plains, New York, with her husband, Steve, and their children.

Rachel Vail is the author of many beloved picture books and novels, including Righty and Lefty, Jibberwillies at Night, Sometimes I'm Bombaloo, the Mama Rex & T series, Lucky, and You, Maybe. Rachel loves talking with kids -- hearing their stories and reactions, discussing their hopes and their worries. She get many of her ideas from the letters she receives. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband and her two sons. Visit

Product Details ISBN: 9780439669412
ISBN-10: 0439669413
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 1st, 2005
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: A Big Feelings Book

Praise for Sometimes I'm Bombaloo:

"Emotions bubble over in this wise picture book about how a child deals with anger. Katie Honors is a self-described "really good kid," generally obedient, kind and conscientious. Heo's (Father's Rubber Shoes) highly patterned rnixed-media illustrations, alternately warm and perky, use vibrant backgrounds, blocks of color and carefully chosen images to depict Katie's emotional tornado. Memorable scenes include Katie seated against a stark black background during her time-out, and an up-close view of her in the throes of a Bombaloo moment." -- Publishers Weekly

* "A keen-eyed view on the evolution and eruption of a child's tantrum and its aftermath. Heo's...intensely colorful, gloriously outlandish illustrations are a perfect match for Vail's text. Changes in perspective, spot images strewn over the pages, and slashes of energy emanating from fists and face mirror Katie's turbulent emotions while their over-the-top quality diffuses some of the tension aroused by the tale. An honest and understanding appraisal of tantrums from the child's perspective." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Vail gets right inside a kid's psyche, and Heo's inventive artwork catches the kaleidoscope of emotions found there in a book that is both realistic and funny. Kudos to Vail and Heo for making a scary subject manageable." -- Booklist, starred review

"Anger is the subject of this wonderfully illustrated and beautifully designed picture book. The subject and age of the character in this title bear a very close resemblance to those in Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry-Really, Really Angry (Scholastic, 1999), yet they are different enough in voice and mode of resolution that most collections will want both." -- School Library Journal