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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (September 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670061239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670061235
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–In this sweet story, a bulldog feels replaced when her young owner gets a doll for her birthday, and cannot be comforted by the other two children in the family. Unfortunately, the text is composed of singsong rhymes, mostly lists of single words rather than full sentences, which often seem awkward and do not scan well. Charming little vignettes on the endpapers show the canine and the little girl in happier times: Gloria pulls her in a wagon, watches intently as she blows bubbles, and looks content when she is being petted. Throughout the story, the pups expressions exude attitude, but the siblings faces seem a little static even as their body movements capture the action. In several places, the very tops of the childrens heads are cut off, creating visuals that look as if the artist ran out of space. Large illustrations done in rich, bright colors are great for viewing at a distance, and the text, if read aloud, could be given expression. Preschoolers will laugh at Glorias antics and undoubtedly sympathize with her feelings. However, while the authors Llama, Llama Red Pajama (Viking, 2005) is a surefire winner, this effort is an additional purchase.–Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
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About the Author

Anna Dewdney is the author of Llama Llama Red Pajama, a runaway hit with booksellers and book readers. She lives in Putney, Vermont, with her two daughters and a dog named Radish.

More About the Author

Anna Dewdney lives in a very old house in Vermont. She has two teenage daughters and two very muddy dogs. Anna has wanted to write and illustrate children's books from the time she was a little girl, and she likes nothing better than to sit in her studio and make funny faces as she sketches her characters and writes her stories. Anna has had many jobs (in addition to being a mom); she's been a middle-school teacher and school bus driver, a waitress, a mail carrier, and a day care teacher.

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Each one has such wonderful illustrations and excellent short stories that kids can almost memorize.
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He crawls over to get it... and makes us read it again and again.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Ellis VINE VOICE on January 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Grumpy Gloria, from the author of Llama Llama Red Pajama, is the story of a pouting bulldog who is upset that her special friend is devoting her attention to a new toy that she received for her birthday. As a result, Grumpy Gloria is not getting the attention she wants. Poor Gloria.

This is a book in which the story is told better through the illustrations. I did not feel that the simplistic rhyming text could stand alone without the illustrations. In fact, when I read the book to my five-year-old daughter the first time, she didn't understand why Gloria was so Grumpy. I had to point out some things in the illustrations before she understood what was going on. After my daughter understood the story line, she thought the book was nice, but not one that she wanted to read again. I would give the book an "A" for the illustrations, and a "B" for the text.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. E. Jurkowski on May 24, 2011
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I got this book because my son (and I!) absolutely love the Llama Llama books. I was expecting this to be similar, but in my opinion it is much less polished and much more amateurish. Which is not to say that it's sloppy, it just strikes me as the work of a less-experienced author. The narrative is repetitive (not in a clever way), the art, while very good, is less charming than the Llama art.

HOWEVER, I bought this book for my son, and that's the true test of things. He loves it. Just as much as Llama. He giggles as we read about the grumpy dog and points to his favorite pictures. And believe me, he's not an easy-grader.

So while I would have rated it two stars based on my opinion, I'm giving it four based on the tiny person who's opinion counts most.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Veteran's Wife on October 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Bought this among many books for my babysitting cache. Told the grandchildren it was from our bulldogs. It turned out to be their favorite. The illustrations are striking. The 2 yr old loved the pictures, the four-year old's favorite saying was "Read it again, grandma". Did just that at least 10 times. I now have "Grumpy Gloria" committed to memory. They loved the book, and so did I. Wish their were more adventures.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marie on September 23, 2007
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The first book I read to my son by Anne Dewdney was Llama Llama Red Pajama. This book isn't quite as good but the story is very cute and my son still enjoyed it. It's not as easy for a toddler to follow the story with just the rhymes but the illustrations are great and provide an opportunity to discuss what's going on in the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gramma Linda on September 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We have purchased all of Anna Dewdney's books for our granddaughter and she loves them. Grumpy Gloria is another great book by Anna! Emmy can recite some of the verses herself, so she can read the book to us and it gives her such pride! The illustrations are beautiful and fun. We have a Chocolate Lab (named Libby) so Emmy can relate to Gloria's antics. Thanks for making reading so much fun - from a very appreciative Nonnie and Poppy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Falon Hahn on May 4, 2009
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My kids love this book. I checked it out for the class that I teach and ended up buying it, they have the whole book memorized. They love it so much and i think that its a great book.
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A little girl, youngest of three, has a new doll and Gloria is pouting although she has no real reason to be. The three children have no idea what is wrong with Gloria so do all kinds of nice things for her without success. They just cannot figure our what Gloria wants. It is only when taking Gloria for a bike ride in the boy's basket which ends with Gloria flying out and landing in the little girl's doll pram do they realize that Gloria is no longer grumpy!

"Gloria, there's room for two!"

A fun read for little ones.
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Our bulldog was always the most adorably grumpy member of the family, and this book captures that same joy with gorgeous art and fun rhymes.
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