cover image Goldie is Mad

Goldie is Mad

Margie Palatini. Hyperion Books for Children, $14.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-7868-0565-5

The big sister from Good as Goldie pitches a fit when she sees her brother clutching her favorite doll in Goldie Is Mad by Margie Palatini. At first Goldie wants him to disappear, but repetitive, gradually softening phrases show how she mellows, using her doll as a buffer. This recap of an everyday squabble models a logical (though not guaranteed) way out of a tantrum. ( July)