The WORST Day of My Life EVER!, and My Mouth is a Volcano

The WORST Day of My Life EVER, is written by Julia Cook and boldly illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd for children 4-8 years of age.  I have fallen in love with Cook’s books.  I reviewed her book A Bad Case of Tattle Tonguea few months ago.  She does a beautiful job of tackling important behavioral issues in a very humorous way that just win a child over.  A former teacher and school counselor, she has now teamed up with Boys Town Press to write picture and activity books on social skills for school children.  There is an activity book that kids will love.

R.J. wakes up for school with gum stuck in his hair.  He misses the school bus, is late for school, receives a zero on his homework and makes a big mess in the kitchen when he gets home from school.  R.J. has good intentions.  When his mother comes home and  sees the mess, she gets angry.   R.J. is really depressed and shares with her his worst day ever.   Mom explains to  R.J. that he has a problem with paying attention and following directions; the same thing he heard from his teacher that day.  Even though it was the worst day ever,  R.J. realizes that he has the power to turn things around and make his days the best ones of his life.    This is a great book for the classroom.

My Mouth is a Volcano, is written by Julia Cook ,  illustrated by Carrie Hartman and published by the National Center for Youth Issues.   Again, Cook has tactfully dealt with a behavioral issue and created a humorous book for children.   Hartman’s illustrations are colorful and clever.

Louis has so many thoughts running through his mind.  In fact, he believes his thoughts are so important that they begin to ‘rumble and grumble in his tummy, wiggle and jiggle on his tongue, ” before they erupt from his mouth.  Louis always interrupts others, until one day someone interrupts him.  He finally feels for the first time the frustration of being interrupted.   This is a good book that teaches children how to stop interrupting in a fun and meaningful way.   Kids will just get the message  without preaching.    Another great book for the classroom.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

7 thoughts on “The WORST Day of My Life EVER!, and My Mouth is a Volcano

  1. It sounds as though Cook really knows how to portray kids well — and deal with social skill problems without preaching. That’s so important. I love those phrases you quoted from “My Mouth is a Volcano” — perfect! (Of course, just because I want to read these books, our entire provincial library system cannot come up with even one copy! And the text correction thingie asked if instead of My Mouth is a Volcano I perhaps meant My Mother is a Doctor. Um, no.)

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    • Julia Cook is delightful and clever with her book titles and text. I found one of the books in a bookstore, but I ordered the others. Think the main stream libraries aren’t carrying a lot of the topics/books I search for. Perhaps it is because they aren’t mainstream publishers???? I can’t fgure it out. I’ve thought about donating these two my library, but it doesn’t mean the will accept them. But, they are great books for the classroom.

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  2. These two would certainly make great classroom additions. You raise an interesting question; is the difference between what a school library and classrooms stock really that different from a public library? A very important issued in knowing our market.

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    • They are great additions. I don’t know — you pose an interesting question. Looked the books up on Amazon where I purchased them, and they are reviewed by the publisher and not the School Library Journal or Publisher’s Weekly. However, they are very popular books. And, well written. That may answer your question about why they aren’t in the library.

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  3. Oh My…”My Mouth is a Volcano” is one I need at work, nevermind the classroom. I don’t know how many times I get interrupted when taking a meeting, by staff members…. Obviously a book like this was never around in our youth…shame!
    Love the cover of “My Worst Day of My Life Ever” it is hilarously enticing, kids would love that and a very good learning tool. Beautiful post as always Pat.

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    • No they didn’t have books like that around when we were young, or when my daughter was young. I would have loved to have used them with her — and the tattling book. Aha, now is you chance — read the book at your staff meeting some day when the timing is right. There was a woman in my office who was over a division, and she interrupted everyone. No matter how many times we would remind her, she just c/wouldn’t hear us. That’s why it is so important to work with children when they are young so that they don’t grow up and continue this behavior as adults.

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