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Grumpy Badger's Christmas Paperback – May 1, 2013

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Kindergarten-Grade 2–All of the forest animals are enthusiastically preparing for Christmas–except for Grumpy Badger, who is, of course, too sensible to enjoy such nonsense. After all, everyone knows that winter is a time for sleeping, which is exactly what he plans to do if everyone will stop knocking on his door and bothering him. Children will delight in Grumpy Badger's eventual discovery of the joys of the season. There are plenty of fun sound effects and Scrooge-influenced outbursts (&Bah! Piffle!). Chapman's cheery acrylic paintings are perfectly suited to the text, providing adorably expressive creatures in a wintry yet cozy timberland.–Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library END

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Paul Bright is a Good Books author.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 590L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Good Books (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561486736
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561486731
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 10.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,210,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(Review written for Punnybop)

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.
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Others have said this is based on "A Christmas Carol" but please understand it is only very loosely related. It's a cute story with fun illustrations, but meanders a little bit and doesn't leave much of an impression. But if your kid is fascinated with badgers (mine is) that's all it will take to make it a hit.
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Grumpy Badger's Christmas is a cute adaptation to Scrooge. My son loves it, especially when I use fun voices...the illustrations are beautiful as well. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys the holidays and seeing the true message.
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Badger is not amused with all the hustle and bustle surrounding Christmas. He makes it very clear to his fellow animal friends that he just wants to be left alone and hibernate in peace...uninterrupted...everyone stay away...period. He goes into his house and slams the door shut, checks out his winter stash of food, then satisfied, settles down for his long winter's nap. But things don't go exactly as he plans. With many disruptions and annoyances he discovers that maybe his sleep may have to be postponed for this winter. He tries to ignore all the distractions at first that cause him to get grumpier and grumpier. Then an urgent request reaches him that makes him unable to settle back down and journey back into slumberland. He opens his eyes wide, jumps out of bed and runs to help a friend who is in desperate need of him. He discovers a true Christmas principle...it is getter to give than to receive. He is so happy when he is recognized as a hero. He invites all of his friends inside his home, opens wide his cupboard doors, and spreads a festive feast fit for a king for everyone to enjoy. I think he even amazes himself when he realizes how fun celebrating Christmas can be and he wants to make it a tradition for years to come.
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Grumpy Badger is a modern (and animal-inspired) take on the classic tale of the miserly Scrooge. While all the other woodland creatures are busy preparing for Christmas, Badger holes himself up in his home, preparing to hibernate for the winter. He refuses to be cajoled into taking part in the festivities, and his only source of enjoyment is to gaze at his vast store of rations for the long hibernation ahead.

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.
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Paul Bright, Grumpy Badger's Christmas (Good Books, 2009)

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
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