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Grumpy Bird

illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

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emotions & feelings, birds, humorous stories
list price: $20.99
also available: Hardcover
published: 2007
publisher: Scholastic Inc
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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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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
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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
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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
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice)
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Commended, White Ravens Selection (International Youth Library)
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best Booklist
  • Short-listed, OLA Blue Spruce Award
  • Short-listed, Early Years Niagara Literary Award
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
  • Commended, Los Angeles Times Favourite Books
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One morning, Bird wakes up feeling too grumpy to eat or play - too grumpy even to fly. Fortunately, his animal friends know how to help Bird shake his bad mood. This refreshingly original picture book is sure to help kids giggle away their bad moods, too!

"The best thing about it is the comic perfection of Bird's face as he marches along in a fury." -The Wall Street Journal

"Whimsical and funny...keep this energetic picture book in mind for wee storytime members." -Kirkus Reviews

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Contributor notes

JEREMY TANKARD is a celebrated illustrator and storyteller. His Grumpy Bird garnered multiple award nominations, and he was nominated for the CBA Libris Children's Illustrator of the Year Award in 2008. He is a stay-at-home dad who has weathered many boo-boos with his young daughter.

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About the Author

Jeremy Tankard

Jeremy Tankard is the bestselling authorstrator of the Grumpy Bird picture books. He has always loved comics and planned to make a career of them when he was about nine years old. He discovered the joys of Shakespeare in high school when his drama teacher cast him in a production of The Tempest. He has loved all things Shakespeare ever since. His book Yorick and Bones sees these two interests collide in the most unexpected ways. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children.

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