The Day No One was Angry
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The Day No One was Angry

Toon Tellegen, Marc Boutavant, Bill Nagelkerke

In 12 short chapters, we see different animals in various states of anger. 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.


Lobster understands different types of anger and can supply just the right sort for every occasion and situation. Sound weird to you? Well, this is an unusual book and it examines different animals in vexing situations that provoke anger, or could do.

Twelve short stories contemplate anger and yet are quite often funny, mostly philosophical and sometimes mysterious. The book has such a European sensibility and is a very attractive package with Marc Boutavant’s charming illustrations but what I think parents, children and educators will find invaluable is that the theme is explored without moralistic finger pointing. Anger is not looked at much in children’s literature and The Day No One Was Angry does so in a very original way.

And my favourite animal? Well, the lobster, of course! For ages 6 and up.

Alexa Dretzke is a Children’s & YA Book Specialist at Readings Hawthorn.

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