I don't care for the collage illustrations in this book. The perspective is disconcerting. Not Bang's best work, but I do think that her visual interpretation of Leo's anger is perfect.
When I first flipped through this book, I didn't care for it, but after a more careful read, I found plenty to appreciate. Bang's illustrations convey so well Leo's feelings, whether they be anger, frustration, or confusion -- and also, to a smaller degree, the feelings of Leo's mom. Also, the toys in Leo's room (the dog, the cat and the dinosaur), their expressions and their postures, seem to reflect Leo's feelings from page to page.
I really liked the blend of real pictures with the drawings and color. I felt the feelings throughout the story through the pictures. And Leo's facial expressions were very well-drawn.
Jamie at TUFW: I liked how there were real pictures and drawings together on every page, but I did not like the bright colors that were used on all of the pages. I feel that they were used too much. I did however, like Leo's facial expressions that were used throughout the story.
This book is just begging to be read aloud very expressively to a classroom of young children as they stare wide-eyed at the pictures. The author really makes the simple story come alive through the way she writes in all sorts of colors and sizes to show the boy’s emotions. This book leads directly into conversations about being nice and not hurting other peoples’ feelings, even when you’re angry. The students could role play situations in which they express anger in appropriate and inappropriate ways. This is a humorous book that could be read aloud time and time again.
As a few people have also said, I enjoyed Leo's facial expressions. They were very animated and always expressed his feelings perfectly. The illustrations have a very youthful feeling to them. I think they reflect the energy and playfulness that Leo has.