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Grumpy Badger's Christmas Paperback – May 1, 2013
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All Badger wants to do is go to sleep; he doesn't care about Christmas. It's his time to go underground and sleep all winter through. When his animal friends come knocking on his door trying to bring presents and asking to borrow his ladder to decorate a Christmas tree, he angrily sends them away. "Piffle!" he shouts. "I don't like presents and I don't like Christmas!"
But then one of them shows up to ask for his help because Mole is stuck on top of the tree he was trying to decorate. Again, Grumpy Badger wants to be left alone, so he closes the door and goes back to sleep... but he has a terrible dream that Mole is about to fall out of the tree. When he startles himself awake, he realizes what a bad friend he's been, rushes out to save Mole, and apologizes to everyone for being so grumpy.
To make it up to them, he throws a wonderful Christmas party, which he intends to make an annual tradition.
The story's only possible flaw is that badgers don't actually hibernate. They're less active in cold weather, and sometimes stay underground for long stretches, but they don't sleep through the winter as it suggests in this book. If you forgive this bit of artistic license... and the fact that the text can be a little hard to read against the background on some pages... it's a winner all the way. A solid message, an entertaining story, and nicely expressive acrylic paintings.
When little Mole asks for Badger's help to decorate the Christmas tree, Badger rudely chases Mole away. It is only later, when Mole gets into trouble, that Badger's conscience pricks him into action, and setting things right. The ending is wonderfully upbeat, with a festive-inspired feast and party not to be forgotten anytime soon by the woodland creatures. Young children will delight in this beautifully-illustrated holiday tale.
Everyone in the woodland valley is looking forward to Christmas except grumpy badger. Which makes sense if you're an adult given that badgers hibernate during the winter. Problem is, people keep knocking on his door and disturbing his rest. He keeps getting grumpier and grumpier until he finally falls asleep and realizes that he's done something horribly wrong, after which everyone kisses and makes up. I am—to put it mildly—not a fan of Christmas, but this one does hold up to the kinds or readings and re-readings it got in December, and for the Bean's general attention level, this is a pretty long book, and he eats it up. And hey, I love badgers, and everyone loves a good party (oops, spoiler alert). *** ½
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such a great children's book! I read it to my little sister and she absolutely loved it! If you are a teacher I would recommend ou to read this book with your class around... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Kimber Stifflemire
We have enjoyed giggling together with the familiar characters of this series. Although 'The Bear Snores On' is still our favorite, this one did not disappoint.Published 20 months ago by Gracious Gifts from God