When the avian prima donna introduced in Grumpy Bird (2007) gets bonked on the head by a ball and starts to cry, not Raccoon’s kiss, Rabbit’s hug, a cookie from Beaver, or a Band-Aid from Fox can stop the flow of tears. Though Tankard offers no definite clues in either the short text or his brightly colored woodland scenes, readers are likely to suspect after a while that Bird is milking the injury—especially when, seeing all his friends likewise bursting into tears, he loudly announces that he’s “ALL BETTER NOW!” Not only will Bird’s histrionics strike chords of recognition in parents, but the wide-eyed, very simply drawn animals suspended against collages of reworked photos and sketched-in shrubbery will also catch and hold the attention even of very young audiences. Bet high on this becoming another storytime winner, just like its predecessor. Grades K-3. --John Peters
About the Author
As a stay-at-home dad, Jeremy Tankard has weathered many boo boos with his young daughter. His debut picture book, GRUMPY BIRD, was named a Borders Original Voices finalist. He lives in Toronto, Ontario. You can visit him online at www.jeremytankard.com.