ABBIE SCHILLER is a children's book author, children's show creator and producer, and founder of The Mother Company. She and Samantha collaborate with renowned parenting experts and educators to ensure all The Mother Company books and shows are age-appropriate and educational. Then she tests them at home with her 2-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter and all their friends. SAMANTHA KURTZMAN-COUNTER is a children's book author, children's show producer and director, and partners with Abbie in The Mother Company. Samantha adapts all the books from the shows to ensure they are exceptional books as stand-alone properties. She gets most of her notes from her son Jack, who just entered Kindergarten.
PreS-Gr 2-This title is based on the television series Ruby's Studio: The Feelings Show. Sally's school project is to make a sandwich, but she doesn't want to make any sandwich; she wants to make one that's a mile high. As she layers on all the fixings and it grows taller, the sandwich topples over. After a few attempts, Sally feels frustrated, has a bit of a meltdown, and wants to quit. Her wise teacher tells her that, "if you quit you'll never know." He also mentions the value of practice and taking the project slowly to help handle the frustrating and angry feelings. And she proceeds. The multicultural characters are well depicted. Their faces broadcast their feelings. For example, when Sally is about to explode, her cheeks are red, and her eyes are small and have a piercing quality to them. Animation from the TV show is used for the illustrations. Backgrounds are done in watercolors. This book has an updated "Mr. Rogers" feel. It opens with a photo of Ruby next to a feelings wheel, and ends with her signature signoff, which includes a frame of her holding up a finger, a hand, blowing a kiss, and then waving good-bye. Pair this with William Mulcahy's Zach Gets Frustrated (Free Spirit, 2012). A good choice for parenting collections, especially if Ruby's Studio is popular.-Anne Beier, Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Montrose, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
""Life doesn't always go your way, but it doesn't mean you have to
break down about it. ""Sally Simon Simmons' Super Frustrating Day""
is a children's picturebook following young Sally's day where
nothing seems to go her way, as she tries to make a sandwich that
can touch the sky. As she tries to rush, she fails, and gets
frustrated, but is taught to overcome her frustration to take it
easy and that will help her succeed. ""Sally Simmons' Super
Frustrating Day"" is a highly recommended read for young people who
need assistance in dealing with the problems that come with their
young lives.""-- Children's BookWatch/Midwest Book
""Kids will relate and parents will rejoice in this important story of frustration tolerance. Sally Simon Simmons' Super Frustrating Day is a must for every child's library." -Betsy Brown Braun, author of Just Tell Me What To Say and You're Not The Boss of Me