Chillax!: How Ernie Learns to Chill Out, Relax, and Take Charge of His Anger
Chillax!: How Ernie Learns to Chill Out, Relax, and Take Charge of His Anger
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Annotation: Ernie, a typical kid with an everyday life, tends to get explosively angry over small events, and with the help of his school counselor and his family, he learns about his outbursts and how to control them.
Catalog Number: #5292872
Format: Paperback
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Copyright Date: 2012
Edition Date: 2012
Illustrator: Pinelli, Amerigo,
Pages: 64 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-433-81037-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-433-81037-4
Dewey: 155.1
LCCN: 2011020624
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Language: English
Kirkus Reviews
In a self-help graphic novel, angry Ernie, called "Erupto" by his friends, receives some counseling on anger management. Middle-schooler Ernie has serious anger-management issues. Many things set him off: Unfairness during a pick-up basketball game with friends, teasing at school and his parents' attempts to find out about his day all trigger volcanic temper tantrums. After causing a small fire in his science class during an emotional meltdown, he is sent to the school counselor, who offers him—and readers—not only some specific, useful strategies for controlling anger as it emerges, but also advice on "unloading your emotional load," in order to live more calmly. These ideas are far more comprehensive than the usual "take a deep breath and count to 10" advice and include opportunities for practice during calmer times. Although Ernie's sister and a good friend, Jack, are depicted making efforts to calm him, and Ernie obviously experiences guilt over his outbursts, character development is scant. Black-and-white artwork is average; facial features of different characters vary little, making them hard to distinguish from each other. The graphic-novel format and very brief text, followed by a longer section of more in-depth information on anger, is likely to make this effort an easy sell to young teen readers. (Self-help graphic novel. 9-15)
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 63).
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 4-7

Moonbeam Children's Book Awards--Comic/Graphic Novel (Gold) Mom's Choice Award for Juvenile Books--Self-Improvement (Gold) Meet Ernie, a typical kid with an everyday life. Ernie has great friends, a great family (except for his annoying sister), and a great school. There is just one problem--Ernie doesn't just get mad. He gets really really MAD In this graphic novel for tweens, Ernie learns about his angry outbursts with the help of a friendly and understanding school counselor and discovers that he has the power to control and calm himself. Once he practices the skills to control and manage his angry outbursts, Ernie finds that he can be a happier person as well as a better friend, brother, and son. Also includes a kid-friendly resource section with even more information about emotions plus easy-to-use tools and strategies for dealing with anger when it gets too big or out of control. From the Introduction: Anger can mess up a kid's life. If you're angry all the time, you might feel exhausted, and your out-of-control emotions can get in the way of your daily life and keep you from enjoying the activities and hobbies you like best. With some hard work, though, you can reduce your anger, which frees up your brain to think positive thoughts and gives you room to enjoy the day-to-day events in your life. Kids tend to be more successful in school once they get their anger under control. Life at home usually gets calmer and more predictable, and friendships grow deeper and more fulfilling.

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