Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (A Big Feelings Book) (Paperback)

Sometimes I'm Bombaloo (A Big Feelings Book) By Rachel Vail, Yumi Heo (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rachel Vail, Yumi Heo (Illustrator)
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A tender story that explores BIG feelings and includes a wise take on tantrums and learning how to feel like yourself again!

Katie Honors is a really good kid -- most of the time. But sometimes... well, sometimes, say when her little brother knocks down her beautiful castle after she told him not to touch it and she knows she'll never be able to make it look that good again... sometimes Katie gets so mad she's BOMBALOO, she's just not herself. Sometimes she uses her feet and her fists instead of words.

Being Bombaloo is scary. But a little time-out and a lot of love and understanding from Mom calms Bombaloo down and help Katie feel like Katie again! This is a warm book about losing your temper and how to feel like yourself again. With Yumi Heo's bright illustrations and Rachel Vail's sweet text, this title is the perfect read aloud for librarians, teachers, and parents.

About the Author

Rachel Vail is the award-winning author of more than 40 beloved books. Her picture books include Sometimes I’m Bombaloo and Sometimes I Kaploom, a Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of the Year. Her most recent novels for young people are Bad Best Friend; Well, That Was Awkward; and the A is For Elizabeth series, all Junior Library Guild Gold selections. Rachel lives in New York City with her husband, their two sons, and a tortoise named Lightning. Visit

Yumi Heo was born and raised in Korea, where she studied graphic design. She has written and illustrated many books, including ONE AFTERNOON. She lives in White Plains, New York, with her husband, Steve, and their children.

Praise For…

Praise for Sometimes I Kaploom:

* "Vail and Yum have here created a helpful book for parents and children dealing with separation anxiety." -- Booklist, starred review

Praise for Sometimes I Grumblesquinch:

* "Sensitive and emotionally true, a comforting portrayal of big emotions." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Praise for Sometimes I'm Bombaloo:

"Emotions bubble over in this wise picture book about how a child deals with anger. Heo's (Father's Rubber Shoes) highly patterned rnixed-media illustrations, alternately warm and perky, use vibrant backgrounds, blocks of color, and carefully chosen images to depict Katie's emotional tornado." -- Publishers Weekly

* "A keen-eyed view on the evolution and eruption of a child's tantrum and its aftermath... An honest and understanding appraisal of tantrums from the child's perspective." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Vail gets right inside a kid's psyche, and Heo's inventive artwork catches the kaleidoscope of emotions found there in a book that is both realistic and funny. Kudos to Vail and Heo for making a scary subject manageable." -- Booklist, starred review

"Anger is the subject of this wonderfully illustrated and beautifully designed picture book. The subject and age of the character in this title bear a very close resemblance to those in Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry (Scholastic, 1999), yet they are different enough in voice and mode of resolution that most collections will want both." -- School Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9780439669412
ISBN-10: 0439669413
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publication Date: February 1st, 2005
Pages: 32
Language: English
Series: A Big Feelings Book