Red Red Red

By Polly Dunbar

The acclaimed Polly Dunbar (Penguin, Tilly and Friends) offers, through a lively, read-aloud story, a meditative and effective way to calm the toddler tantrum.

Every toddler feels frustrated sometimes, every toddler gets ANGRY. They scream, they shout, they see RED RED RED. Now, in her singularly expressive style, the beloved Polly Dunbar brings us the perfect picture story book to share with those little ones overwhelmed by their emotions; a true-to-life, upbeat story about a toddler tantrum that offers a meditative way to calm them down. “Why not count to ten?” Mum suggests to her son. “One … two … three…”

Categories: Picture Books

For readers aged: 3+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406392906
  • Published: 06 Aug 2020
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 240 x 270 mm
  • Pages: 32

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Customer reviews


'A lively and reassuring book about seeing red in which all toddlers can see themselves and learn to count and be calm. ' The Sunday Times

'With its gentle rhyme, nicely spaced text and gorgeous illustrations, it's another hit from acclaimed author-illustrator Polly Dunbar.' BookTrust

'“Dunbar’s always fun rhyming couplets and integrated text, along with the wonderful pictures of both child and mum, are a joy to see, and the red scribbles throughout – as well as on the end pages – give us a true sense of the feel of being angry. A great book for both child and parent on handling the inevitable temper tantrums that occur as babies grow older.”' Books for Keeps

'“This has to be the best new book I have read to Lily for a while. [...] the book was brilliantly written from start to finish and I would highly recommend it.”' Lily’s Little Learners

'“Red, Red, Red is a wonderfully illustrated rhyming picture book [...] With a great message for toddlers, and fresh, vibrant illustrations, this will be a fantastic resource for mums that are dealing with one too many tantrums.”' The Fountain

'“Polly’s scenes of anger and its management – of biscuits, bumps and breathing – are sheer delight. The cathartic counting sequence in particular is absolutely brilliant. Just the thing to share post-tantrum with little ones – make sure they’ve completely calmed down first of course.”' Red Reading Hub

'“I think Red Red Red is a great book for anyone with children and it’s bound to at least help a little.”' Me, Him, the Dog, and a Baby

'“[...] take solace in Red Red Red, and whip out this picture book for some good, entertaining reading.”' My Book Corner

'“This is a very relatable story”' Mini Travelers

'This book paints a relatable picture of those little things that can cause the red mist to descend, as well as teaching simple, healthy methods of anger management. Great for tiny tots (and older children!) who need help understanding how to deal with overpowering emotions.' Children's Books Ireland - Mind Yourself

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