A picture book about anger

by Debi Kennedy
(Madison, WI)

The Angry Monster Book

The Angry Monster Book

How I came to write and publish a picture book about anger.

When my daughter, Ellie, was 20 months old, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had her first surgery the next day, followed by much medical attention and more surgery. As a result of all this trauma, Ellie had what my sister described as, “rage,” an overwhelming amazing all-encompassing anger.

Publishing the Angry Way

Because my daughter has always adored books, I felt compelled to write and illustrate, The Angry Monster Book. This little book gave us a way to talk about Ellie's anger in a non-threatening way.

Fast forward a few years. The book is completed and ready to go but has been waylaid by other more pressing matters. Namely, my daughter is undergoing chemotherapy, and I am pregnant with my second child.

I was so heartbroken when Ellie had to undergo chemo that my husband decided to surprise me and self-publish the book. He also set up a website and handled the business side of things.

(We self-published with a local printer in Madison, which meant we needed to publish 5,000 copies so that we wouldn't lose money if we were selling in a bookstore. Now that it is more popular, I think I would print on demand.)

Eventually, I teamed up with 2 other local children's book writers and we did some book-signings (at a fire station, children's museum, and some local bookstores).

Check out The Angry Monster Book.

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Sep 30, 2008
Our thoughts are with you
by: Steve B. (webmaster)

Debi, what a beautiful thing you created for your daughter. Please know that I - and, no doubt, everyone who reads this - is wishing you and your family the best.

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