Soda Pop Head

A Picture Book About Taming Tempers and Managing Anger


SKU: B007-Net

“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.

Written by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Allison Valentine
Paperback ISBN 9781931636773
Grades K-6
32 pages
Release Date September 1, 2011

Additional information






National Center for Youth Issues

Julia Cook, M.S. is a award-winning children’s author, counselor, and parenting expert. She has presented in thousands of schools and speaks at education and counseling conferences nationally and internationally. Julia has published almost one hundred children’s books on a wide range of character and social development topics, and regularly contributes to print and television media about these topics. The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem-solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home. Cook has the innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

Lester’s story is everyone’s story! We all know how he feels…sometimes the pressure starts to build and we need those important cues to help us deal with our stressors, triggers, and frustration before we blow. In Soda Pop Head, Julia Cook presents those important cues in a practical, fun, and creative manner. Soda Pop Head is a great story to help young people know the right moves when they are about to blow!

Rodger Dinwiddie
Executive Director, STARS Nashville

This book has been a fantastic resource for the elementary school counselor. I have used it in classroom guidance lessons and with individual students. The analogy of explaining anger like a bottle of pop is easy to understand and has been grasped by my students in kindergarten all the way to third grade. So many kids will come up to me in the halls and talk to me about this book or ask me to read it to them again!

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