You know the feeling - a black cloud descends on the day and things just don't seem to go right! You spill your milk, trip up on the step, forget to take your homework with you to school. It could be that you have the Grumpies, just like the little girl in this charming and light-hearted book about a bad mood day. But she is not going to get stuck with the Grumpies. Oh no! She is going to see them off and rescue her good humour. So, if you do know that feeling and you do have one of those days, this is just the book to help you snap right out of it!
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Tamra Wight lives in the USA and this is her first picture book text for Bloomsbury. Ross Collins lives in Glasgow and he is a regular and much loved contributor to the Bloomsbury list. Ross's picture book SUPPOSING won a Scottish Arts Council Award as well as a Blue Peter Prize.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-Three monsters named Grumpy, Grumpier, and Grumpiest are waiting for a girl when she wakes up, and proceed to make her day miserable, from spilling her breakfast milk to dropping her homework in a puddle. Various well-meaning adults advise her on how to get rid of them, but it is the unnamed narrator who discovers the sure cure when she giggles, and then laughs, which sends them packing. Cartoon-style color art shows bug-eyed monsters with goofy expressions and toothy grins, along with a freckle-faced girl who seems to be having a bad-hair day as well. The illustrations add some clever touches, including a puppy that is highly suspicious of the interlopers that have shown up on its turf. Short, declarative sentences and sentence fragments run toward the ordinary ("The Grumpies grinned. All three of them"), and the topic has certainly been done before. The lack of freshness in both concept and writing style weakens this offering, despite respectable art. Where teachers and parents are clamoring for more titles on specific emotions, this is an adequate choice.
Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL
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Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2003. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11074756423X