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Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is having quite the grumpy day in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he’s cranky on the slide or stubborn in the sandbox, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect way to teach children about their emotions!


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Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter is having quite the grumpy day in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he’s cranky on the slide or stubborn in the sandbox, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story. A perfect way to teach children about their emotions!

30 review for I Was So Mad

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanna

    I don't review a lot of children's books, but my daughter came across this one the other day and we both remembered it. It is so well worn, definitely a favorite. She took it along to read to her little cousins while visiting and they loved it too. We enjoyed quite a few books from the Mercer Mayer series but this one really stood out. Personally I also loved "Just Go to Bed!" but this one was great too! When my daughter was young, for a period of time her favorite words were "I'm so mad". So whe I don't review a lot of children's books, but my daughter came across this one the other day and we both remembered it. It is so well worn, definitely a favorite. She took it along to read to her little cousins while visiting and they loved it too. We enjoyed quite a few books from the Mercer Mayer series but this one really stood out. Personally I also loved "Just Go to Bed!" but this one was great too! When my daughter was young, for a period of time her favorite words were "I'm so mad". So when I found this book I though it was perfect. I wouldn't say that this is an educational book but it's a light-hearted look at how sometimes you can be so angry and then the next moment it just drops away. Just like in the book. You decide you are SO MAD and you are going to run away, but then your friends come to ask you to play baseball and you think that maybe you'll run away later (If you're still so mad). I love the illustrations of Little Critter books. The look on his face when he's mad is priceless. It's just such a fun read and a great memory that my daughter and I both cherish.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Calista

    OK, now we’re talking. This beginning story made the kids laugh. It was also so much of what we experience in this house too. They loved seeing Critter get all upset by something. I mean this is the walking picture of my nephew. He is always told he can’t do something and he gets mad. Usually he doesn’t hear you tell him not to do something and when he gets in trouble for doing it anyway, then he gets mad. I love that there is usually some critter like a mouse or a spider in the picture with Cri OK, now we’re talking. This beginning story made the kids laugh. It was also so much of what we experience in this house too. They loved seeing Critter get all upset by something. I mean this is the walking picture of my nephew. He is always told he can’t do something and he gets mad. Usually he doesn’t hear you tell him not to do something and when he gets in trouble for doing it anyway, then he gets mad. I love that there is usually some critter like a mouse or a spider in the picture with Critter. Critter decides to run away from the injustice of not being able to do what he wants, ex. tickle a goldfish until his friends ask him to go play ball in the park. The niece laughed and laughed at this story. She gave it 4 stars. The nephew related to Critter here and it was like he understood. He gave this 5 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Archit Ojha

    Time changes and it changes very quickly. No mood is for forever. Sometimes we are joyous, sometimes we are displeased. What shouldn't be forgotten in time is that our moods can be changed for good. "I Was so Mad" is a story of a little critter who can teach the toddlers about their moods and how to keep a check on them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pooja

    "I'll run away tomorrow if I'm still so mad!" A little box full of cuteness!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eva Leger

    I remember getting this because I wanted something for Julia to relate her feelings of anger to. I wanted her to see that everyone gets mad and the correct and incorrect way to deal with her anger, etc. A lot of things make Little Critter mad during the course of the story. He can't keep frogs in the bathtub and he can't decorate the outside of the house with his paints. He wasn't even allowed to tickle the goldfish. (Beware of this part if you own a goldfish - you may end up with a toddler who I remember getting this because I wanted something for Julia to relate her feelings of anger to. I wanted her to see that everyone gets mad and the correct and incorrect way to deal with her anger, etc. A lot of things make Little Critter mad during the course of the story. He can't keep frogs in the bathtub and he can't decorate the outside of the house with his paints. He wasn't even allowed to tickle the goldfish. (Beware of this part if you own a goldfish - you may end up with a toddler who tried to actually tickle the poor fish when you aren't looking... I speak from experience.) Little Critter has enough and decides to run away from home. (His face when he's leaving the living room is awesome by the way!) He loads his wagon with some toys and a box of cookies and heads on out into the big, wide world. He runs smack into some friends going to the park to play and quickly decides to wait to run away. This will probably bring back a few memories for the adults and bring up some laughs for kids. I remember packing a paper grocery bag with my favorite stuffed animals and sitting out on the curb trying to make my parents worried enough to give in to whatever I wanted. I suppose I didn't realize they were probably at the window having a grand time laughing at my expense. :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristen Dutkiewicz

    This Little Critter story reinforces the lesson that even though there are times we are just "so mad" we feel like nothing is going right... we don't keep that mood forever! Luckily, Little Critter shows us how his mood can change.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ali

    Sometimes one just needs a good o' children's book to put life back into perspective and help one smile!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    We have always loved the Mercer Mayer books. One of my sons, when I was reading this to my grandaughter, said "Hey I remember those! I loved those stories!". The main character in this one wants to do various things that an adult in his family won't allow. He decides he will run away until his friends come along wanting him to go play ball. He decides he will run a way tomorrow if he is still mad. : )

  9. 4 out of 5

    else fine

    I get mad a lot. Who doesn't, in this bleak and cruel world? This book helps. It's hard to stay so mad when you're looking at these cute tiny monsters. I hope my heart never gets so old that I stop loving Mercer Mayer.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    One of the only books Orianna will sit still and actually let me read to her. I think it resonates with her current frame of mind. Mummy and Dad make her SO MAD sometimes. Luckily, like the little monster here she can be distracted.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tamera Fleming

    1) Book summary: I love how Mayer created a book about feeling angry. Each students can relate to having different emotions and feelings even at a younger age. I love how the book shows the Critter family saying no to everything Little Critter wants to do. It teaches that not everytime you ask for something the answer will always be yes. 2) Grade level, interest level, lexile: The grade level for this book is preschool- 2nd grade. The interest level for this book I would recommend the age group 1) Book summary: I love how Mayer created a book about feeling angry. Each students can relate to having different emotions and feelings even at a younger age. I love how the book shows the Critter family saying no to everything Little Critter wants to do. It teaches that not everytime you ask for something the answer will always be yes. 2) Grade level, interest level, lexile: The grade level for this book is preschool- 2nd grade. The interest level for this book I would recommend the age group 2-5 years old. The lexile for this book is 430l. 3) Appropriate classroom use (subject area): I can use this book when it comes to getting out the seat all the time, and wanting to go to the restroom. One way I would incorporate this book inside of my classroom is during reading time. 4) Individual students who might benefit from reading: I would incorporate this book for students who are having problems throughout the day and before recess have him/her read this book before free time. 5) Small group use (literary circles): This book can be used during small reading groups to test the students knowledge on new spelling words or introducing new words. 6) Whole class use (read aloud): I could reenact the book for my students and show positive and negative behavior and what is acceptable and not acceptable inside the classroom. 7) Related books in genre/subject or content area: The Bearstein bears & the truth 8)Multimedia connections (audio book, movie) available: School and library binding, and paperback

  12. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Wetzel

    I read the story, "I Was So Mad" by Mercer Mayer to my little brother Wyatt. Wyatt enjoyed this story very much. He loved the creative illustrations and fun looking characters. In this story, Little Critter wants to do multiple things but his parents and grandparents tell him he cannot. Little Critter starts to be fed up with hearing "no" so often and tells his mother he is going to run away. But, as soon as Little Critter walks out the door, his friends are going to the park to play ball. Littl I read the story, "I Was So Mad" by Mercer Mayer to my little brother Wyatt. Wyatt enjoyed this story very much. He loved the creative illustrations and fun looking characters. In this story, Little Critter wants to do multiple things but his parents and grandparents tell him he cannot. Little Critter starts to be fed up with hearing "no" so often and tells his mother he is going to run away. But, as soon as Little Critter walks out the door, his friends are going to the park to play ball. Little Critter asks his mother if he can go and she finally says yes. He is relieved and completely grateful. The main character of this story is Little Critter. Little Critter is a small, brown, rodent-looking cartoon creature. He is a young character who is very curious and adventurous. The other characters in the story are Little Critter's parents and grandparents. The setting of the story takes place at Little Critter's house. The story is very short and the setting is only described through the illustrations. The author does not spend time on describing the setting because he has no real reason to. The theme of this story is no matter how bad times are, they can always get better. Little Critter learns this when his mother finally tells him yes after he hears no all day long. I would recommend this story to anyone looking for a good book to read to a younger child. The story has a great message behind it and is a fun read for kids. I enjoyed reading this story to Wyatt.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: I wanted to keep some frogs in the bathtub but Mom wouldn't let me. I was so mad. I wanted to play with my little sister's dollhouse but Dad wouldn't let me. I was so mad. I wanted to play hide-and-seek in the clean sheets but Grandma said, "No, you can't." I was just so mad. Premise/plot: Little Critter is having one of those days. He can't do anything that he wants to do. And the list of things he wants to do is LONG. Rejecting his parents list of things he could do instead, he First sentence: I wanted to keep some frogs in the bathtub but Mom wouldn't let me. I was so mad. I wanted to play with my little sister's dollhouse but Dad wouldn't let me. I was so mad. I wanted to play hide-and-seek in the clean sheets but Grandma said, "No, you can't." I was just so mad. Premise/plot: Little Critter is having one of those days. He can't do anything that he wants to do. And the list of things he wants to do is LONG. Rejecting his parents list of things he could do instead, he decides to run away...after packing up a hefty supply of cookies...but will his friends' invitation to play ball change his mind? My thoughts: I love, love, love Little Critter. I do. This book is fun. Little Critter's list of things he wants to do is quirky. Some readers can probably relate to. Others, maybe not so much. For example, one of the things he wants to do is TICKLE the goldfish. Text: 4 out of 5 Illustrations: 4 out of 5 Total: 8 out of 10

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Plourde

    Mercer Mayer and the Little Critter show us that it's okay to be "so mad"--it will pass.

  15. 4 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    Because, let's be real, who hasn't had one of these days? While some of the other Little Critter books were good for little kids, this one can resonate with kids AND adults alike.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andd Becker

    Look for the mouse. How many times does the mouse appear? 15

  17. 5 out of 5

    Samantha W.

    Little Critter will forever be a favorite in our house. I read this book so much my youngest would walk around the house saying "I was so mad!"

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic plot: Little Critter wants to do all kinds of things that no one else wants him to do. Remember when you were a kid, and your parents told you "no" just a few too many times for your liking, so you packed up a change of underwear and some snacks and "ran away" (about halfway down the block before you turned around and came home). That's Little Critter in this book. It's cute, a chuckle for parents who remember those days, and hopefully a sympathetic tale for the little one who frequently bl Basic plot: Little Critter wants to do all kinds of things that no one else wants him to do. Remember when you were a kid, and your parents told you "no" just a few too many times for your liking, so you packed up a change of underwear and some snacks and "ran away" (about halfway down the block before you turned around and came home). That's Little Critter in this book. It's cute, a chuckle for parents who remember those days, and hopefully a sympathetic tale for the little one who frequently blows up over hearing "no The situations are believable/typical for little kids, and the art is quality, as always.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    Everyone can relate to poor Little Critter, who is feeling grumpy one day as nothing seems to be going his way. The importance of friendship and how friends can help us when we are having a bad day is one avenue to explore with this story, as well as strategies kids can use to help them turn their days around and not get stuck in a bad mood like Little Critter was.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Shiloah

    My favorite from childhood!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mckernan

    cute book

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rory Toohey

    "Not only was the Critter being a colossal jerk, but his family just kept straight out telling him what not to do, without bothering to engage with their child at all," I wrote, as my own child just rolled aimlessly on the floor.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sophonie Joseph-Canel

    Truly a classic! Another book about feelings! But this book specifically highlights the feeling of being mad. If you have small children or teach them you can definitely relate to the adults in this book. Little critter was tired of hearing the words no! This is more for the teacher than for the child. Of course you can pull lessons from it to teach a class, but i would look into it a bit deeper. Instead of telling our children or students no all the time, especially when we're busy we should fi Truly a classic! Another book about feelings! But this book specifically highlights the feeling of being mad. If you have small children or teach them you can definitely relate to the adults in this book. Little critter was tired of hearing the words no! This is more for the teacher than for the child. Of course you can pull lessons from it to teach a class, but i would look into it a bit deeper. Instead of telling our children or students no all the time, especially when we're busy we should find another activity for them to do. Instead of saying no. Overall very good read. Thank you!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Carlson

    The book I was so mad is a story about a little critter who is just so mad. Little Critter tries to do several different things during his day, but each time he gets told no and that makes him mad. After several no's and his angry getting to a boiling point he decides he is going to run away, but then he sees his friends going to the park and he asks id he can go too and suddenly he isn't so mad. The overall theme of this book is that no matter how mad or upset you get, you can always find someth The book I was so mad is a story about a little critter who is just so mad. Little Critter tries to do several different things during his day, but each time he gets told no and that makes him mad. After several no's and his angry getting to a boiling point he decides he is going to run away, but then he sees his friends going to the park and he asks id he can go too and suddenly he isn't so mad. The overall theme of this book is that no matter how mad or upset you get, you can always find something to turn the day around. When I read I Was So Mad, It reminds me of being a little kid again and the times that I would be told I couldn't do certain things and just how mad I would get, but then something would happen, a friend would want to come over and play and suddenly I wasn't so mad. It was temporary. I would highly recommend this book because it teaches kids a valuable lesson that no matter how mad you get it will all be okay and that the feeling of being mad is temporary. This lesson can help kids understand their emotions and be able to help express them to parents and then parents can respond in a healthy and productive way. It is okay to be upset but there is always a brighter side to things.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jiadi Jia

    Very funny book. Children are always active and they always have different opinions. When they stay in the house, parents often teach something that they should obey. However, children are rebel to do so. They will become mad to against their parents. A lot of parents lock their children at home because they think it's good for their children. They worry about their children will get injury or disappear if they let they go outside. However, children need some energy and like the story in the end Very funny book. Children are always active and they always have different opinions. When they stay in the house, parents often teach something that they should obey. However, children are rebel to do so. They will become mad to against their parents. A lot of parents lock their children at home because they think it's good for their children. They worry about their children will get injury or disappear if they let they go outside. However, children need some energy and like the story in the end. He chose to play with his friends, he finally happy. I wish children and parents could communicate more each other. Parents should tell their children why they couldn't do that, not just order them.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    In this wonderful book about feelings, Little Critter is having a not so good day. When he is told no to putting frogs in the tub, or no to painting the house, and even no to playing in the clean sheets, Little Critter declares, "I was so mad!". Young children can relate to Little Critter in this delightful book about learning to deal with emotions. Everyone has experienced being told no, and also the feelings that followed. Reading this book to young children can help them to recognize that lea In this wonderful book about feelings, Little Critter is having a not so good day. When he is told no to putting frogs in the tub, or no to painting the house, and even no to playing in the clean sheets, Little Critter declares, "I was so mad!". Young children can relate to Little Critter in this delightful book about learning to deal with emotions. Everyone has experienced being told no, and also the feelings that followed. Reading this book to young children can help them to recognize that learning how to understand their emotions is part of growing up!

  27. 4 out of 5

    midnightfaerie

    Another Mercer Mayer book that all my kids enjoyed. My 5 yr old just adores Mayer and requests her books constantly. I read them at the breakfast or lunch table and even my 3 yr old twins get into them. We love trying to find the mouse and spider that seems to follow the main character around, they’re always doing silly things. Fun engaging themes that any child can relate to, a great addition to any children's library.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erika Bichet

    As a child I loved the Little Critter series. In this book, I was so Mad, the little critter is angry because he wants to do things and is told he can't. This book, and the rest of the series, are great for individual reads. This one particular can be a lesson that you can't always do what you want.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dolly

    Great story about angry feelings - this book is one that we've read over and over again and our girls love the crazy things that Little Critter does to get himself in trouble. I love that it shows how feelings can be very mercurial. It's a classic book to read aloud with children.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenna French

    This book could be read to children when they're having a bad day to reassure that something good can come even when we're mad. This also would be good to read on the first day of school to tell everything the child may not do, but then we will have to tell them the things that they can do.

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