Welcome to another Write a Review Wednesday, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. As we prepare for the start of school, my kids have been re-reading their favourite Scholastic books. Last week I reviewed my daughter’s favourite, Pinkalicious written by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann and illustrated by Victoria Kann. This week it’s my son’s turn.
My son is not one to hide his emotions. When he’s in a good mood he’s all smiles and hugs. But when he’s in a bad mood, look out.
Scholastic’s (@scholastic) book Grumpy Bird, written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard ( age 4 to 8 ) is about a bird who wakes up grumpy. He’s so grumpy in fact that he can’t even fly. While walking he encounters many of his forest friends who tag along, uninvited. At first Grumpy Bird is annoyed but when his friends turn following him into an impromtu game of follow the leader, Grumpy Bird actually forgets he’s grumpy.
Jermey Tankard’s use of repetitive dialog encourages kids to participate in the story. With each new friend encounter, my kids delight in participating in the dialog since they know it off by heart. The animal characters add a playful feel to the story and they stand out against the sketch-like background illustrations. I love how the colours in the background show the passing of time as the day progresses from early morning until night.
I’m guessing we’ve all had mornings where you wake-up in a bad mood for no real reason. Kids are no different. As young kids try to understand their own feelings and how to express them, bad moods may be pretty common. This story is a great starting point for discussing angry feelings and how to recognize them and deal with them. It’s not uncommon in our hose for someone in a bad moode to be referred to as a Grumpy Bird. Asking the question ‘Why are you such a Grumpy Bird?‘or playing a game of follow the leader sometimes breaks the bad mood spell in our house.
Our copy was purchased through the Scholastic school market, but you can get a version of it from Amazon.ca
If you’re interested in other books for kids, check-out my previous Write a Review Wednesday posts.