Marlon Finds a Way by Dan Bailey

Book Blurb:

What’s Marlon up to this time? Here’s a delightful animal adventure full of surprises.

Marlon is a cat on a quest. He hopes to make friends with a sweet sparrow named Silky. Really? Can a cat and sparrow ever be friends? You’ll laugh at Marlon’s marvelous mischief and Silky’s cool quips as Marlon tries to show her, he’s one cool cat…

I received this book from the author. All comments and opinions are entirely my own and this review is voluntary.

Lexi’s Review:

In this 62-page chapter book, a mom teaches her two sons how to manage their anger: by counting to ten and using their words. Additionally, the book follows Marlon the cat as he tries to figure out how to be friends with Silky the sparrow instead of eating her, as the other cats expect him to. He uses his anger coping skills when Silky and her friends laugh at him for jumping out of a tree and trying to fly. 

My biggest complaint with this book is that the content doesn’t match the genre. The content would make a great read-aloud book for a toddler who is learning to manage big emotions. But since this chapter book is so long, it’s not manageable to read aloud. Even as a bedtime story, the chapters end in weird places and wouldn’t make a good bedtime story. Additionally, the anger management skills may not be as applicable for an older child who has (hopefully) already learned these skills. 

I appreciate the thought and intention that the author put into this book, especially with the rhymes for the bird songs. I give this book two out of five stars. If you’re looking for children’s books on anger management skills, check out When I Feel Frustrated by Michael Gordon or What To Do When You Feel Like Hitting by Cara Goodwin. 


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