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This book will be very relatable for toddlers and their parents, as it’s all about temper tantrums and the weird reasons kids have them. Betty is a gorilla who desperately wants a banana, but things keep getting in her way. Fortunately, there’s a sensible toucan to talk her out of her tantrums, although there’s always something new that comes up that sets Betty off again.

The story of Betty’s repeated fits for seemingly silly reasons might be more entertaining for parents, although it is written and drawn in a childlike style that makes it accessible even to the youngest kids. One hopes that Betty’s behavior doesn’t affirm for young readers that it’s okay to have these explosive episodes, although the eventual moral of the story – that eventually you can calm down and everything will be okay – is the real message that kids should take away from this book.

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