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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (April 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786808160
  • ASIN: B003156C0S
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,119,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A world-renowned cultural critic, feminist theorist, and intellectual, bell hooks is a distinguished author and professor of English. She has written several acclaimed children's books includingBe Boy Buzz,Skin AgainandHappy to Be Nappy, all illustrated by Chris Raschka. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Bell Hooks is a cultural critic, feminist theorist, and writer. Celebrated as one of our nation's leading public intellectual by The Atlantic Monthly, as well as one of Utne Reader's 100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life, she is a charismatic speaker who divides her time among teaching, writing, and lecturing around the world. Previously a professor in the English departments at Yale University and Oberlin College, hooks is now a Distinguished Professor of English at City College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of more than seventeen books, including All About Love: New Visions; Remembered Rapture: The Writer at Work; Wounds of Passion: A Writing Life; Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood; Killing Rage: Ending Racism; Art on My Mind: Visual Politics; and Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life. She lives in New York City.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susanna Martinez on May 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Great for any kid who has ever felt angry!

Let me preface by saying that we were already hooked on Chris Raschka's book Yo! Yes? (Scholastic Bookshelf) in which he is able to express an awful lot content in very few simple, small words. Similar idea here - bell hooks's poem "Grump, Groan, Growl" is a simple poem describing how anger feels, and it's easy enough for a toddler to understand, but she doesn't talk down to the reader or try to moralize about appropriate behavior. It's modern poetry and it captures a universal emotion (and how to control and redirect it) quite eloquently.

In remarkably few words, bell hooks (yeah, that's a person's name, even though there's no capital letters and both names are nouns for everyday objects - it threw me, too - maybe it's a poet thing. Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah!) bell hooks expresses the need to embrace, not squelch, powerful emotions, but also not allow them to control you. Passionate intensity is a *good* thing, if one learns how to modulate and control it. It's a fairly powerful idea, really, that of accepting powerful emotions as valid, allowing ourselves to feel them, yet not letting them overwhelm and emotionally flood us. Don't suppress the emotions, learn to master your response to them so they don't control you.

There are many ways to "let those feelings be. Just let them pass. Just go inside. And let it slide" -- learning to handle intense emotions gracefully (rather than by lashing out) is a pretty useful skill at any age. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that bell hook's didn't necessarily have kids in mind when she wrote this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on June 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Hooks, Bell. Grump Groan Growl. Illustrated by Chris Raschka. Hyperion Books for Children. 2008.

This well-intentioned but primarily unappealing picture book works to capture the feel of a child experiencing a dark mood. Mostly muddy illustrations accompany a word or word phrase: one double-spread shows the word "Grump" on one side against a background of tan and red across from a figure that looks like a monster, its mouth down-turned. Another double-spread displays the phrase, "Bad Mood on the prowl" splashed in black paint against some bright colors, a vaguely suggested figure is outlined in black. As the angry mood becomes more controlled, the figure of the child becomes more recognizable. Offer readers instead, Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are (Harper and Row, 1963) and Molly Bang's When Sophie Gets Angry...Really, Really Angry (Blue Sky Press, 1999).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The style of the lettering and the background images are perfect for illustrating a foul mood. Written in a manner suggesting that they were drawn with a wide paintbrush, the letters give the appearance of having been spoken by a very unhappy person. The figures of living creatures are drawn in a minimalist style that appears primitive; some of them reminded me of what you see in ancient cave drawings.
The point of the story is that when you are overcome with dark feelings the best thing to do is to ride them out, let things pass until the grumpiness goes away. There are only 57 words in this book, yet in combination with the illustrations manage to tell a complete and valuable story about living with your bad moods. This is a good book for young children.
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Sweet little book. Deeply evocative illustrations. Nice way to begin the conversations that are otherwise difficult with a youngster. Definitely not your typical bell hooks.
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