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Of Course It's a Big Deal: A Story about Learning to React Calmly and Appropriately (Illustrated) Spiral-Bound | March 1, 2017

Bryan Smith, Lisa M. Griffin (Illustrated by)

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Braden is back – and he delivers the drama to every minor misunderstanding, grievance and annoyance in his life!
What was supposed to be a carefree afternoon of go-cart racing and putt-putt golfing quickly turns sour when Braden shouts and pouts about the rules. (Turns out, he’s too short to drive a go-cart.) Hearing his parents say the rules are the rules only makes him madder. “They haven’t been kids in like 100 years or something!” he fumes.
At home, there’s more frustration. One situation involves a baseball game, a blanket and the family TV. There’s even an ice cream sundae scandal at his mom’s birthday dinner!
Will Braden ever learn to keep his cool in the face of disappointment? Will every discouraging moment send him into an emotional meltdown? See what lessons are learned in this fastpaced story about the perils of overreacting and losing self-control.



When children don't get what they want or expect, they often get upset and angry.


Reacting calmly and appropriately during these times is an important skill for children to learn and use to be successful at home, school, and with others.


Braden brings the drama to every minor misunderstanding and annoyance in his life! What was supposed to be a carefree afternoon of go-cart racing and putt-putt golfing quickly turns sour when Braden shouts and pouts about the rules.


When homework interferes with Braden's plans, he overreacts again, and makes things even more difficult on himself. But Mom and Dad are there to teach Braden the best way to react calmly.


Will Braden ever learn to keep his cool in the face of disappointment? Will every discouraging moment send him into an emotional meltdown? Find out what lessons are learned in this fast-paced story about the perils of overreacting and losing self-control. This is Bryan Smith's third title in the Executive Function series.


Tips for parents and educators are included at the end to help set children up for success by reacting calmly and appropriately when upset or angry.


The series also includes:

    • What Were You Thinking?
    • My Day Is Ruined!
    • It Was Just Right Here!
    • Time To Get Started
    • What's The Problem
    • How Did You Miss That?
    • I'll Never Get All of That Done!
    • Fix It with Focus
    • How Do I Remember All That?
Publisher: Boys Town Press
Original Binding: Trade Paperback
Pages: 31 pages
ISBN-10: 1944882111
Item Weight: 0.3 lbs
Dimensions: 9.0 x 0.3 x 9.0 inches
Customer Reviews: 4 out of 5 stars Up to 30 ratings

“Of Course It’s a Big Deal! shares a helpful and effective step-by-step process to keeping one’s cool when things don’t go your way. Kids will learn a lot from Braden’s experiences, which may help prevent a disaster of their own!” – Cathy F. Nelson, MS, Alternative School Reading Specialist and 2015 Alice Buffett Outstanding Teacher Award winner

Bryan Smith has worked in the education field for more than 15 years, first as an elementary school teacher then as a school counselor. He excels at teaching students life skills that will take them far and help them succeed. He is also a popular children's author whose other titles include What Were You Thinking? and My Day Is Ruined! His Executive FUNction children's book series won the Counselor's Choice Award, which is awarded by Licensed Mental Health Therapists for "Recognition of Quality in the Field."