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Grumpy Bird

illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

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emotions & feelings, friendship
list price: $9.99
also available: Hardcover
published: 2008
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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Grumpy Bird

Somebody definitely woke up on the wrong side of the nest. In Jeremy Tankard’s Grumpy Bird, our main character gets up one morning in the grumpiest of moods. Bird refuses to engage in any of his bird-like routines: eating, playing, and even flying! Bird decides to walk off his bad mood. Along the way he meets Sheep, Rabbit, Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox, who, adorably oblivious to Bird’s “fowl” mood, join him on his walk. Eventually their solemn march turns into a silly game that makes Bird forget all about his grumpy state.

The vibrant illustrations in this picture book contribute greatly to the humour of the text. They demand more than a quick glance, as the unique style of ink and digital media combine to create a 3-D setting, ideal for the country landscape. Tankard creates amusing facial expressions for each character: the sheep with wide eyes, the rabbit with big teeth, the beaver with jazz hands – every animal has its own distinct persona in this amusing tale.

Grumpy Bird has elements to be appreciated by young and old. The timeless lesson of letting your friends support you when you’re low is endearingly portrayed in this wonderful picture book. Tankard teaches us that acting silly (or watching others do so) is an excellent cure for the grumpies, every time!

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2007. Vol.30 No.3.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Grumpy Bird

Bird wakes up feeling too grumpy to eat, play or even fly. Sheep, Rabbit, Raccoon, Beaver and Fox offer to keep him company on his walk. Before Bird knows it, a little exercise and company help him shake his bad mood. Originally published as a picture book in 2007 by Scholastic Press (Best Books for Kids & Teens 2008).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Grumpy Bird

Bird wakes up feeling too grumpy to eat, play or even fly. Before he knows it, companionship and a bit of exercise help him shake his bad mood. This tale features bold ink and digital media artwork.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2008.

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  • Commended, Today's Parent 100 best Canadian kids' books of all time
  • Commended, White Ravens Selection (International Youth Library)
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best booklist
  • Short-listed, Early Years Niagara Literary Award
  • Commended, Los Angeles Times Favourite Books
  • Commended, OLA Blue Spruce Award
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Your favourite story about waking up on the wrong side of the...nest.

Bird wakes up grumpy. Too grumpy to eat, play—or even fly. "Looks like I'm walking today," says Bird grumpily. All of this grumpy walking piques the interest of his friends and soon Sheep, Rabbit, Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox are walking alongside him. Somewhere along the way Bird realizes that his friends are still there, but his mood is gone, proving that sometimes grumpy needs company!

This bright book can be read again and again to help kids (and grown-ups) giggle away their darkest moods.

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Editorial Review

Praise for Grumpy Bird:

  • Nominee, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2008
  • Nominee, CBA Libris Award, Children's Illustrator of the Year, 2008
  • Shortlist, The Amelia Francess Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2008
  • Nominee, Shining Willow Award, 2007
  • OLA Best Bets, 2007
  • CBC Sounds Like Canada Children's Book Panel Selection
  • Nominee, Blue Spruce Award, 2007
  • Toronto Public Library "First & Best" booklist
  • Los Angeles Times Favorite Books of 2007
  • Nominee, Early Years NIagara Literary Award

"Jeremy Tankard's deceptively simple tale is a useful tonic for mood kids — and their parents — but the best thing about it is the comic perfection of Bird's face as he marches along in a fury." — The Wall Street Journal

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