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Grumpy Bird

A book by Jeremy Tankard

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Grumpy Bird

  • Aug 23, 2009
A while ago, I got the Boo Hoo Bird by the same author. It has become a fast favorite in our house. We read it often and when the little one gets hurt we bring up the book. So when I saw Grumpy Bird, I had to order it immediately.

Grumpy Bird has all the same characters as in the Boo Hoo Bird. In this case, Bird wakes up grumpy. At first, Bird just wants to get away from everyone else and goes walking but his friends just join him. Eventually, Bird forgets that he's grumpy and begins to enjoy himself.

This book is a great detraction method when little ones wake up grumpy after a nap.

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PreSchool-K—Bird wakes up one morning feeling out of sorts-too grumpy to eat, too grumpy to play, and even too grumpy to fly. "Looks like I'm walking today," he grumbles. On his way, he passes a succession of happy-go-lucky animals, including a sheep, a rabbit, and a beaver, all of whom ask him what he is doing. "Walking," he responds, more and more testily, and each creature decides to join him. Eventually, the walk turns into an impromptu game of follow-the-leader, and Bird finds himself having so much fun that he forgets to be grumpy. Finally, he invites them all to fly back to his nest with him, and, oddly enough, they do. This straightforward story is enlivened by unusual mixed-media illustrations. Each scene consists of sketches of farmland or trees, layered over photographs of real farms and trees. Cheerful flowers and stars are scribbled throughout. The animal characters are simplistic cartoons with thick black outlines and comical facial expressions. The slightly psychedelic quality of the art works to foreshadow the whimsical ending, which otherwise comes as a surprise after the wry, sarcastic tone of the rest of the story.Grumpy Birdwould make a good addition to storytimes with themes of emotions or imagination.—Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA
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ISBN-10: 0439851475
ISBN-13: 978-0439851473
Author: Jeremy Tankard
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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