Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 3
- Reading age: 6 to 8
Simon tries to be kind. But sometimes he loses his temper and acts without thinking, which almost always gets him into trouble.
As Simon begins to understand his outbursts, he imagines himself in a boxing ring with his emotions. Can he come out on top and learn how to acknowledge his feelings?
About the authors
As a former teacher and pedagogical counselor, Marylène Monette has worked with children and teachers for many years. She firmly believes that all aspects of our personalities are essential to a balanced self. Simon Steps Into the Ring is Marylène’s first book. She lives in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.
After obtaining a diploma in film animation at Les arts Décoratifs de Paris, French artist Marion Arbona started working as an illustrator for children’s books. Her illustrations, painted with gouache, are colorful and funny. She likes to draw fully detailed scenes. When she is not drawing, she is particularly interested in deep sea fish, cats (even though she is allergic) and weird plants. Marion was awarded several illustration prizes in the USA and in Canada where she lived for 10 years. She returned to live in Paris in 2015.
Sophie B. Watson is an award-winning freelance writer who has been published in several magazines, including Briarpatch Magazine, Canadian Dimension, Canadian Living Magazine, Legacy Magazine, and Sustainable Times (among others). She holds a degree in English and French literature from the University of Alberta as well as a master's in creative writing from Bath Spa University. She has been a library page, a waitress, a substitute dj, a bookseller, and, most recently, the editor of Cork University Press. Cadillac Couches is Sophie's first novel. Read more about Sophie (and her aquatic larks) on her blog at sophiebwatson.com.
- Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
“A deliberate but useful tool for children struggling to achieve emotional balance and control.”
“A useful tool for instigating socio-emotional discussions with children.”
“A lively, expressive, and relatable story...Words and illustrations skillfully represent the varying emotions that people can feel on a daily basis.”
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Other titles by Marylène Monette
Other titles by Marion Arbona
Other titles by Sophie B. Watson
Billy Stuart in the Eye of the Cyclops
Simon Steps Into the Ring Read-Along
My Bright Friend Read-Along
My Head in the Clouds Read-Along
My Head in the Clouds
Billy Stuart and the Sea of a Thousand Dangers
My Bright Friend
Billy Stuart in the Minotaur's Lair
Florence & Leon
Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids
Billy Stuart Les Zintrépides