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There goes Lester. Watch him fester. His ears start to fizz. He gets mad as a griz. His face turns red. He’s a Soda Pop Head. You just never know when Lester will blow. His cap will go flying. If it hits you, you’ll be crying, so you’d better stay away from Lester today! His real name is Lester, but everyone calls him “Soda Pop Head.” Most of the time he’s pretty happy, but when There goes Lester. Watch him fester. His ears start to fizz. He gets mad as a griz. His face turns red. He’s a Soda Pop Head. You just never know when Lester will blow. His cap will go flying. If it hits you, you’ll be crying, so you’d better stay away from Lester today! His real name is Lester, but everyone calls him “Soda Pop Head.” Most of the time he’s pretty happy, but when things seem to be unfair his ears gets hot, his face turns red and he blows his top! Lester’s dad comes to his rescue by teaching him a few techniques to “loosen the top” and cool down before his fizz takes control. Soda Pop Head will help your child control his/her anger while helping them manage stress. It’s a must for the home or classroom.


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There goes Lester. Watch him fester. His ears start to fizz. He gets mad as a griz. His face turns red. He’s a Soda Pop Head. You just never know when Lester will blow. His cap will go flying. If it hits you, you’ll be crying, so you’d better stay away from Lester today! His real name is Lester, but everyone calls him “Soda Pop Head.” Most of the time he’s pretty happy, but when There goes Lester. Watch him fester. His ears start to fizz. He gets mad as a griz. His face turns red. He’s a Soda Pop Head. You just never know when Lester will blow. His cap will go flying. If it hits you, you’ll be crying, so you’d better stay away from Lester today! His real name is Lester, but everyone calls him “Soda Pop Head.” Most of the time he’s pretty happy, but when things seem to be unfair his ears gets hot, his face turns red and he blows his top! Lester’s dad comes to his rescue by teaching him a few techniques to “loosen the top” and cool down before his fizz takes control. Soda Pop Head will help your child control his/her anger while helping them manage stress. It’s a must for the home or classroom.

30 review for Soda Pop Head

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stay Fetters

    Life isn’t fair

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I’ve read this book over and over this school year with different students who are dealing with anger management issues. I’ve seen that there are people who don’t like the song they sing at the main character when he gets angry and I get that. I think navigating that part will have a lot to do with knowing the audience and age group. I work mainly with 6th graders as a school counselor and this year has been especially difficult with students missing socialization and not really knowing how to e I’ve read this book over and over this school year with different students who are dealing with anger management issues. I’ve seen that there are people who don’t like the song they sing at the main character when he gets angry and I get that. I think navigating that part will have a lot to do with knowing the audience and age group. I work mainly with 6th graders as a school counselor and this year has been especially difficult with students missing socialization and not really knowing how to express feelings in a healthy way and this book offers some great coping skills and has been wonderful especially in a small group setting. I paired this with an activity about the size of the problem vs the size of the reaction and have seen positive results in deescalation. I will continue to use this book and I recommend it to others for sure.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    “... sometimes when things aren’t fair, my ears get hot, my face turns red, and I turn into a Soda Pop Head.” Lester tends to lose his temper when things don’t go his way ... when things “aren’t fair” or when others bait him. It gets him into trouble at school and at home. So his father tells him that life is not going to be fair and Lester needs to figure out a way to “control his fizz.” He gives him suggestions such as taking deep breaths, finding a quiet place and relaxing his muscles, using t “... sometimes when things aren’t fair, my ears get hot, my face turns red, and I turn into a Soda Pop Head.” Lester tends to lose his temper when things don’t go his way ... when things “aren’t fair” or when others bait him. It gets him into trouble at school and at home. So his father tells him that life is not going to be fair and Lester needs to figure out a way to “control his fizz.” He gives him suggestions such as taking deep breaths, finding a quiet place and relaxing his muscles, using the Push Pull Dangle. Also things like getting enough sleep and eating the right foods. When Lester puts his father’s advice into action, things go much better for him. A good analogy to help kids understand their pressure points and how to relieve them.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jess ORourke

    If you have a kid with social skills issues, Julia Cook has the book about it. Soda Pop Head is for kids with tempers. Lester, the protagonist, starts to fizz when he's mad and sometimes he fizzes so much he blows his cap. My 6 year old with social skills and anger issues lives this book. He relates to Lester and we have been using the terminology in the book to add to hat he has learned in therapy. Overall the story is engaging as are the illustrations.Problem solving is emphasized. The book is If you have a kid with social skills issues, Julia Cook has the book about it. Soda Pop Head is for kids with tempers. Lester, the protagonist, starts to fizz when he's mad and sometimes he fizzes so much he blows his cap. My 6 year old with social skills and anger issues lives this book. He relates to Lester and we have been using the terminology in the book to add to hat he has learned in therapy. Overall the story is engaging as are the illustrations.Problem solving is emphasized. The book is enjoyable to read for an adult and interesting to children.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lyla Muhlenkamp

    This book is amazing and has some wonderful illustrations. It's about a boy who has anger management problems with his peers at school and his family at home. He easily gets triggered and will blow his cap. His dad finally realizes that it's a real problem and he tells his son, Lester, ways he can stop himself from blowing up. This is a must have for the classroom to show students ways to stop them from becoming angry. This book is amazing and has some wonderful illustrations. It's about a boy who has anger management problems with his peers at school and his family at home. He easily gets triggered and will blow his cap. His dad finally realizes that it's a real problem and he tells his son, Lester, ways he can stop himself from blowing up. This is a must have for the classroom to show students ways to stop them from becoming angry.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Peanasky

    I don't know for sure if student's would enjoy reading this book, but it gives a lot of different strategies to control temper. It would be easy to make visuals for the classroom relating to this book. I don't know for sure if student's would enjoy reading this book, but it gives a lot of different strategies to control temper. It would be easy to make visuals for the classroom relating to this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    My son's school used this book for a social / emotional class they were teaching to all the kids. Provides helpful strategies for kids to work with their anger when life isn't fair. My son's school used this book for a social / emotional class they were teaching to all the kids. Provides helpful strategies for kids to work with their anger when life isn't fair.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    When Lester gets angry, it feels like his head explodes. The kids made up a song about him (which feels like bullying btw.) It gives several examples and then shows ways to control your anger.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    I liked this book. It gave me some good ideas on what to do with some of the children i work with.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

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  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I would highly recommend this book for anger management or conflict resolution skills for an elementary teacher or a therapist.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Great story covering anger and how to deal with it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Terry

    "Mom, do you have any more of these Julia Cook books?" Our daughter dove into the stories and spent a long time exploring the imagery. Lester's explosive personality resonated with her, and she picked up on the fact that it is not just kids who find life unfair. The imagery is great ... and so is Lester's solution. The "Push / Pull / Dangle" is easy to remember and discreet to do! The author did a fabulous job creating three scenes where kids are likely to lose their cool: the cafeteria, the clas "Mom, do you have any more of these Julia Cook books?" Our daughter dove into the stories and spent a long time exploring the imagery. Lester's explosive personality resonated with her, and she picked up on the fact that it is not just kids who find life unfair. The imagery is great ... and so is Lester's solution. The "Push / Pull / Dangle" is easy to remember and discreet to do! The author did a fabulous job creating three scenes where kids are likely to lose their cool: the cafeteria, the classroom, and at home with a sibling. To read our full review, go to the Reading Tub.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    I really love using Julia's book in my classroom guidance lessons and this one is sure to be incorporated soon. I do have one issue with Soda Pop Head. At one point Lester punches a pillow to release his anger and I typically do not suggest kids use any form of hitting to release anger because that learned behavior can lead to hitting other things that aren't quite as soft as a pillow. I have had several students over the years that released their anger by punching a wall or their locker which o I really love using Julia's book in my classroom guidance lessons and this one is sure to be incorporated soon. I do have one issue with Soda Pop Head. At one point Lester punches a pillow to release his anger and I typically do not suggest kids use any form of hitting to release anger because that learned behavior can lead to hitting other things that aren't quite as soft as a pillow. I have had several students over the years that released their anger by punching a wall or their locker which only leads to them getting injured.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    I loved this story. I liked the analogy of losing your temper to the soda bottle popping. As always there is a great story, humour and some good tips for parents/teachers. The Activity Book is also useful for ideas on working with young children with anger management issues.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Hastings

    Grades K-3. When things aren't "fair"--Lester loses his head like an exploding bottle of soda. But Lester learns different methods to control his "fizz" to keep him from getting into trouble with teachers and parents. Grades K-3. When things aren't "fair"--Lester loses his head like an exploding bottle of soda. But Lester learns different methods to control his "fizz" to keep him from getting into trouble with teachers and parents.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    A great story for children who have trouble with their temper and want to change. With wonderful illustrations and advice for parents and teachers this book is a must for educators and behavioral specialists.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Briana

    Dealing with anger is a common student problem. This book was able to explain it in a familiar and memorable way that my students truly appreciated. I would highly recommend it to teachers who have students who seem to have a temper.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    Anger management. Coping strategies. Zones of regulation

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pawsitive School Counselor

    This is a good book (and workbook) to discuss anger, but I wish she didn't suggest punching a pillow. I always encourage my students to practice safer ways of controlling their anger. This is a good book (and workbook) to discuss anger, but I wish she didn't suggest punching a pillow. I always encourage my students to practice safer ways of controlling their anger.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Arca

    A cute, helpful story with reminders about how to calm down! I need these reminders, too, sometimes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacey Gillman

    Ketron book

  23. 5 out of 5

    JR Inman

  24. 5 out of 5

    kenzie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Sullivan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jana

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mrs.Shiels

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ann

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aleshia Cox

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