Andrew's Angry Words

Andrew's Angry Words

by Dorothea Lachner, Tjong-Khing

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A humorous but insightful story about the power of words.


A humorous but insightful story about the power of words.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2Cartoon illustrations done in pen and light watercolor adorn this bland, moralistic picture book. When his older sister accidentally stumbles over him, Andrew releases a flood of angry words. The words escape, touching on a variety of people's lives including a struggling poet, a motorcyclist, a princess on horseback, a dragon, etc. When the words travel across the sea (with Andrew flying after them in an unexplained manner), they come into the hands of what could be a South American woman selling fruit in a market. She bundles them up, throws them in the sea and gives Andrew some ``kind and happy...nice words.'' As Andrew flies home, he shares them with all of the people who had been affected by his outburst. Very didactic, with unexceptional illustrations, this is not a necessary purchase.Jan Shepherd Ross, Dixie Elementary Magnet School, Lexington, KY
Kathy Broderick
In this cautionary tale illustrated with cartoonlike watercolors, Andrew's bad mood has a ripple effect on the people around him when his swear words sour his sister first, then a poet, then a princess, and so on. Similar in concept to a Mrs. Piggle Wiggle story, Lachner's light fantasy (with dragon and princess characters and Andrew's ability to fly) imparts a moral. In the end, Andrew learns his lesson from a lady who refuses to use the angry words and who gives Andrew a bundle of "kind and happy" words to take home. The story then reverses itself as Andrew's nice words (and pleasant mood) ripple back positively through the characters. A picture book with something thoughtful to say.

Product Details

Perfection Learning Corporation
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Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Dorothea Lachner has written for children's radio programs in Germany and Austria. She has written many books for North-South including Andrew's Angry Words and The Gift from Saint Nicholas.

T. T. Khing (Th-Tjong Khing) was born in Java, Indonesia, and studied in the Netherlands. He began his career as a cartoonist and later focused on childrens books. Khing is now one of the Netherlands most celebrated illustrators, having received several prestigious awards. His books have been translated into numerous languages, and his art was recently included in a well-regarded exhibition of art from the Netherlands, which traveled to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, among other venues.

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