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“Otto and the Angry Donga”

Otto is like every boy and girl, he gets angry. Everyone has feelings, and it’s 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 Angry Donga under control? His Mom 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.

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Looking for a fun and developmentally appropriate way to teach your kids how to manage their strong emotions?

Kids feel a wide range of emotions, even at a young age. They experience frustration, excitement, nervousness, sadness, and anger. When young ones are confronted by these feelings for the first time, they may need some help processing them.

One way for children to understand emotions is through first-hand experience, which is introduced by storybooks. All it takes is the right tale to connect with your child on an emotional level.

Help your young ones to understand their anger with Otto and the Angry Donga!

Curious Otto lives with his mother in England. Otto is like every boy and girl: he gets angry. Everyone has feelings, yet sometimes, it's hard to know what to do with them. One day, his father disappears. Confused, the poor boy lashes out at the people around him. He screams, slams doors, and gets into fights with other kids. One day, blinded by rage, a fireball comes out of his hands.

So, Otto decides to deal with his anger in the only way he knows how—he draws a picture of the flaming hot fireball and names it ‘Angry Donga’. How will Otto and his mother deal with this startling development?

Otto and the Angry Donga teaches kids the virtue of tolerance, composure, and healthy expression of emotions. It also helps parents learn how to guide their little ones through negative feelings like anger–all in a fun and engaging way!

In this book, you’ll encounter:

✅ Karel Korp’s beautiful illustrations of Otto and his life
✅ Age-appropriate dialogue that can be used for reading and language exercises
✅ Relatable and enthralling characters

Expand your children's library with a meaningful storybook about emotions. Add Otto and the Angry Donga to your basket TODAY!

 
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Jane Komussar

Author

Jane Komussar was born and raised in Estonia. She moved west when she turned 25, where she began her work with children. It wasn’t until the birth of her son, Otto, she turned to writing. Her first book, an Estonian baby food cookbook, was published in 2009 and reached bestseller status in days. A single mother, Jane is an entrepreneur determined to nourish her businesses that have allowed her to be flexible and focus on raising her son. She loves seeing how children navigate their emotions as they slowly mature and develop. ‘Otto and the Angry Donga’ is her latest children’s book and a testament to her passion. Jane currently lives in the UK.

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Karel Korp

Illustrator 

Karel Korp lives in Estonia with his wife and their four children. Growing up in a family of journalists, he knew from an early age that he was attracted to creating art. Karel has illustrated dozens of books and has collected more than a few awards along the way. He serves as the manager of the Estonian Graphic Designers Association. Karel draws everything by hand first. This makes his work unique and highly sought after. When not helping authors bring their projects to life, Karel enjoys badminton and painting, but his true passion is cooking.

 
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Reviewed By Deborah Lloyd for Readers’ Favorite


This children’s book teaches a universal lesson – how children can manage their strong emotions, especially anger. Otto lives with his mother in England, and one day his father disappeared. Otto has had no contact from him and often feels angry. “He screamed, slammed doors, and got into fights with other kids.” He felt out of control. One day, he was so angry, a fireball came out of his hands. Mum asked him to draw what he saw and name it. Otto named the red fireball Angry Donga. He took the drawing to school and showed it to his teacher, Mrs. Williams. She put the drawing into a glass bottle and put a cork in it. What happened with Angry Donga when Otto became mad again is something children will find relatable. Author Jane Komussar has written an invaluable, informative children’s book in Otto and the Angry Donga.

There are many wonderful attributes to this book – the depiction of Otto’s anger; his mother’s acceptance of the emotion, as well as her suggestion on how to deal with it; the teacher’s support; Otto’s ability to keep the Donga in the bottle, most of the time. Artist Karel Korp’s delightful illustrations bring Donga and other fictional characters to life. Children will be enthralled by them. This is a book that parents will read over and over again and can refer to it when a child is struggling to keep their emotions under control. Otto and the Angry Donga by Jane Komussar is a book that should be part of every child’s library.

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Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Otto and the Angry Donga is a children’s concept picture book written by Jane Komussar and illustrated by Karel Korp. Otto and his mum had happy lives and shared a cozy home in England, but sometimes Otto was sad. He would get mad at other times, and he’d pick fights with other kids in school, shout and slam doors, and generally make life awful for everyone around him -- as well as himself.

Jane Komussar’s Otto and the Angry Donga shows kids that strong feelings, like anger, are something we all have at some point in our lives, and, through Otto’s experiences, they learn how to master and control those feelings. I loved seeing how Otto’s mom works with him to picture and name his anger, and then has him get his teacher involved in the process. Watching as Otto sees the effect his anger has on others is moving and inspirational. Karel Korp’s illustrations bring Otto, his mom, and the Angry Donga to life. Each panel is brightly and brilliantly colored and effectively draws the reader into the story. Otto and the Angry Donga is highly recommended.

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Reviewed By Patricia Reding for Readers’ Favorite


The first thing that attracts one about Otto and the Angry Donga by Jane Komussar is the bold and bright artwork by illustrator Karel Korp. The images invite readers to open the book and begin to turn pages—which are sure to draw little ones in—as the author starts with a bit of a mystery. 

Jane Komussar, the author of Otto and the Angry Donga, shares Otto’s story about the importance of identifying his feelings and of learning what to do with them. I was pleased to see that the story provided Otto with the means for containing his anger, while still recognizing that his feelings existed and that, at times, it was important for Otto to be able to express those feelings. Otto’s mum suggests that there may be times when Otto needs a place where he can safely express his feelings without risking harm to others. She also lets him know that one day he might be able to put his anger away for good. But it is Otto who may bring understanding to other children as he comes to appreciate that he is “the boss” of his feelings and it is important he learns to show them in a positive way.

 
 

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