ABOUT THE BOOKAkku is having an awful day and it’s making her very, VERY angry. Read this book to find out how Akku’s anger melts away, and get ideas on what to do when YOU are very, VERY angry.
- Angry Akku tells the story of Akku, a little girl who’s in a bad mood after having had a disastrous day at school. Over the course of the book, her father does little things to find out exactly what went wrong, and to help her out of her mood. This is a humorous but tender story about how we experience our emotions.
- The trajectory of the story is very relatable. In the beginning, Akku is so angry that she doesn’t even want to talk about her day. But, as she begins to eat and talk to her father, she opens up, little by little. The book highlights the idea that many little things can build to make us feel miserable, and many equally little things can come together to make us feel better.
- Author-illustrator Vinayak Varma depicts a sweet and warm relationship between father and daughter. Not only does Akku’s father know how to lift her mood, he also gives her the space and time to tell her own story – by remaining patient while she sulks and then giving her crayons so she can express herself on her own terms. The book gently encourages children to share and express what they feel with the grown-ups around them.
- The story is told as much through pictures as through words. Varma’s striking illustrations give the book much of its charm. Akku’s wild hair, scowling face, and red halo of rage are both comical and evocative, and young readers will enjoy interpreting her expressions and watching the halo fade as Akku slowly cheers up. Little details, like the monkeys on the roof of Akku’s house and the lush vegetation by the roadside on Akku’s ride home, also add a certain richness to the narrative.
- This book is the winner of The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Award 2019 for Best Picture Book: Story.
- In Akku’s case, her father is compassionate and accessible, and spends enough time with her to understand the reason for her anger and draw her out. For many children, however, it may be hard to find adults who can exercise this level of patience. The solutions that the book offers are easier to apply to children who already inhabit emotionally secure environments than to children who genuinely have communication trouble.