The Tantrum That Saved the World


Children's Books

Megan Herbert

North Atlantic

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Page Count: 64
Trim Size: 10 x 8
Carton Count: 32
Illustrations: FULL COLOR


Tantrums are bad–except when they save the world.

An environmental picture book about finding your voice, taking collective action, and saving the planet–for kids ages 5 – 9.

Sophia’s minding her own business when–bing bong!the doorbell announces an unexpected guest: a polar bear. Despite Sophia’s protests, he walks right in, making himself at home. His ice cap is melting–where else is he supposed to go?

Soon, more visitors arrive: a dispirited sea turtle and farmers whose lands have gone dry are joined by confused bees, more climate refugees, and a grumpy Bengal tiger. Sophia is frustrated and confused. She doesn’t understand why they showed up at her house…or what any of this has to do with her.

But as Sophia hears their stories, she learns that this is her fight, too…and discovers the power of collective action, the strength of her own voice, and how all of us are stronger together. They head to City Hall only to wait around for hours before being dismissed, and Sophia just can’t hold it in anymore:

Sophia’s strong feelings smouldered once more,
And this time they’d gotten too big to ignore.
Raging with purpose, with banners unfurled,
She kicked off a tantrum to save the whole world!

And she does–and so can you. An inspirational, beautifully illustrated picture book for kids aged 5 to 9, The Tantrum that Saved the World is part environmental story, part ode to community action, and part blueprint for building a better world–together, for all of us.

Megan Herbert

MEGAN HERBERT is a writer and illustrator whose career writing television and film scripts, designing products, cartooning, live-drawing, and creating children’s books has spanned twenty years. In 2017 she illustrated the world’s first carbon-neutral climate change kids’ book, The Tantrum That Saved The World, which won a 2018 Moonbeam Award for books about Environmental Issues and the 2019 American Meteorological Society’s Louis J. Battan Award for best children’s book, K-12. In 2019, she was chosen to be an Artist for the Earth by The Earth Day Network, for whom she creates cartoons on the topic of climate change. She has lived in Toronto, London, Reykjavik, and Amsterdam, but is now happily back among the gum trees in Australia. MICHAEL E. MANN is Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State, with joint appointments in the Department of Geosciences and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC). Dr. Mann has received numerous awards and contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. You can view his full bio at
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