Barbara Throws a Wobbler

Kane Miller. Jun. 2021. 32p. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9781684642250.
PreS-Gr 1–When Barbara, following a couple of missteps with a sock, then a pea, starts to feel as if a hundred bad moods are wrapping her up, she throws a “Wobbler” or a tantrum. That manifests the pink engorged monsterlike creature, who is in no better mood than she is and so Shireen’s story takes flight. In near-classic arc of escalating insults—“‘Stinky bumhead!’ shouted Barbara. ‘Stinky bumhead!’ shouted the Wobbler”—it grows larger until they both collapse in giggles. The Wobbler lets on that it is Barbara’s own creation, and that if she made it, she can unmake it, too. The beleaguered black-and-white kitten that is Barbara, having nearly been swallowed by the massive pink of the beast, works through her feelings until everything dissipates nicely. She rejoins her friends, accepts cuddles, and knows that when the wobbler is back, she’ll know how to cope. A helpful chart of moods is included.
VERDICT An adventure, an emotional journey, a course in empowerment—this SEL-appropriate story will find a home with preschoolers and give them words for their own wobbly moments.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing