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What Are You So Grumpy About? Hardcover – April 1, 2003

4.2 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 1-4-From the endpapers touting the "Sure Cures for Grumpiness" to the zany situations pictured throughout the text, Lichtenheld's full-color spreads show the many possible causes of grumpiness in a child's world. The range is wide, from stubbing a toe or having to eat "grown-up" cereal to having to cope with gravy that touched the peas on the dinner plate. Humor is everywhere, and the author clearly knows the types of traumas that can turn a child's mood sour. Of course, the tale has a happy ending-someone making the sourpuss laugh and thereby forgetting the reason for the grumpiness entirely. Side comments add to the fun ("Oh Poop," says one child when he gets underwear in a birthday package). Another page talks about the "dangers" of a big hug from Grandma and shows a newspaper story with a big-bosomed blonde granny and an arrow pointing to her rather-endowed chest, claiming that her grandson was "last seen here." Kids are sure to snicker with glee, feeling that they are getting away with seeing/hearing something a bit risqu‚. Lichtenheld is right on the mark, and his tale is sure to provoke smiles of recognition and delighted laughter from any youngster who has suffered from the "childhood grumpies."-Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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K-Gr. 3. Any parent of a small child knows that the best cure for a youngster's bad temper is to redirect his or her attention toward something humorous. Lichtenheld demonstrates just how this works in a collection of large, double-spread cartoons depicting a variety of situations that might cause a rotten mood. The potential triggers, which run the gamut from being touched by a sibling and forced to eat adult breakfast cereal to receiving underwear as a birthday present, address issues known to set kids off. The mixed-media art features heavy doses of garish green, orange, and brown, which add punch to the book's humor. Lichtenheld's big, bold, broadly comic art style, reminiscent of the cartoon art in Mad Magazine and also David Shannon's books about mischievous David, is well suited to the tone of the text and has solid child appeal. Give this one to grumpy kids too old for William Steig's Pete's a Pizza (1998) or to anyone in need of cheering up. Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316592366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316592369
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.3 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Children's book author & illustrator Tom Lichtenheld writes for kids who love to laugh and adults who love to laugh along with them. See all of his books and get a glimpse of how he creates them at tomlichtenheld.com

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Format: Hardcover
I NEVER write reviews of anything. This is my first one. However, after reading this book, I thought I had to. This book is great. I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old and they love it! The writing is funny, the pictures are funny, and the little comments that go along with the pictures are hilarious. After getting this book, everytime my children get grumpy, I say "What are you so grumpy about" and pretend that my fingers are a bird that lands on their lip (you have to read the book to understand) and it IMMEDIATELY causes them to smile. Now . . . that is money well spent!
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we just read that one page where the boy gets a birthday present over and over and over again at least twenty times and my four year old laughed and laughed and laughed. i only have the recite the line "oh poop" and he laughs and laughs. it is a lovely lovely book. i love it when someone comes up with abook for kids that is just funny, no educational bits, no fights in it, no conflicts,- just silly funny.
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You guys are all nuts! This book is not just for kids! My aunt showed me this book (she had bought it for her grand-nephew) and I couldn't stop laughing! I'm now ordering it for my girlfriend to give her for her 18th birthday! This is a great book for ANY age!
Sure to cure any bout of grumpiness, keep this one in a safe place for those bad days!
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This is a nice well-written and well-illustrated children's book that ends with a smile and is a delight to read aloud. Highly recommended.
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This book is great for my son who has a tendancy to take things quite literally and too seriously. In moments of frustration he loses it! He has trouble reading social cues and it's great how this book talks about feelings and situations that we all have. It opens doors to conversations about real situations that irritate him. While he's calm and laughing we can talk about them and he can see the situation and understand his feelings.
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By A Customer on April 4, 2003
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I ran across this book yesterday at my local bookstore. The story is very light-hearted and aimed at making kids feel "un-grumpy". The illustrations are great - very bold and colorful. I will be buying this soon for my 4 yr. old niece. Highly recommended for any grumpy kid (or adult)!
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My son absolutely loves this book as does his grandmother (who also happens to give him smothering hugs to the bosom). It's a laugh riot and many of the jokes within have found themselves into our regular family conversations.

Don't let the fuddy duddy's talk you out of this one! It's wonderful.
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This book has a great story about not feeling grumpy about stupid stuff, and laughing at one's troubles. It is a great way of getting a kid to stop moping about, feeling sorry for themself. I would recomend this book as a way of making kids feel good about being happy. And the pictures are a stich!
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