Otto and the Angry Donga

Tired But Crafty Mummy Book Club
Otto and the Angry Donga
by Jane Komussar

“Otto is like every boy and girl, he get’s angry. Everyone has feelings, and its hard sometimes to know what to do with them. So, Otto decides to deal with his anger the only way he knows how. He draws a picture of it, and it’s a flaming hot fireball, an Angry Donga. How will he keep his Donga under control? His mum and teacher have a few ideas, but sometimes, the Angry Donga escapes and causes trouble. Watch as Otto saves the day and gets his Angry Donga – and himself – under control.”

Mummy’s Review
Rory and I were very kindly gifted a copy of Otto and the Angry Donga from the author, Jane Komussar.
Otto and the Angry Donga is a fabulous story about a young boy who is going through a traumatic time when his Dad leaves which makes him feel angry. Otto is filled with anger and doesn’t know what to do with it. Luckily, he has a loving mum and a compassionate teacher who are determined to help him manage his feelings. I think there will be many children who can relate to this story because everyone has moments where they feel angry and can feel it bubbling up inside them. I rather wish that I had had this story when I was teaching as it shows children that it is ok to feel angry. In fact, in some situations, it would be quite strange not to feel angry. This is a story that validates feelings and explains that we just need to know how to deal with the way we feel. I love how Otto’s mum tells him that sometimes we all need a safe place and / or someone who makes us feel safe to help us deal with our feelings. As well as being a fantastic story, Otto and the Angry Donga is beautiful illustrated and children will be captivated by the eye catching illustrations which accompany the story so well.

Rory’s Review
Otto is an ordinary child but one day he gets so angry that he makes an angry fireball with his feelings, which he calls an Angry Donga. Find out how Otto deals with his anger and his donga in different ways in this amazing book. The pictures are unique, special and so artistic, and could be found in an art gallery. I like the use of colour and shades. This is a book to show children how to deal with anger in different ways, which is really important. My favourite characters are Mum and Otto’s teacher because they are kind and supportive as they find ways to deal with Otto’s anger. My favourite part is when they decide to throw the Donga in the sea because it is one of the ways to get rid of anger. I recommend this book and would give it 10/10.

We were kindly gifted this book for review purposes, but all opinions expressed are our own.

If you enjoyed this Tired But Crafty Book Club post, here are a few other books we’ve enjoyed:
– Miss Kelly and the Blasted Berry Battle
– Too Many Socks
– The Jelly Spacemen: Cruise To Earth
– Why Hares Have Big Ears
– The Little Cat With Stars In His Eyes
– Meet The Jolly Jangles

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


  1. I love the fact that the book aims to validate children’s emotions which is something I am very passionate about. It is super important to reassure children that it’s ok not to feel ok which this lovely book seems to be illustrating. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS

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  2. I really do think there is a place for books like this. My daughter is just getting to grips with different emotions and trying to help her understand what she’s feeling is difficult so books like this one are really helpful.

    Katrina x

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  3. […] a story can help support children with how they are feeling. You may have seen our review of Otto and the Angry Donga, which is a great example of this and letting children know that its ok to be angry. You just need […]

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