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PreSchool-K—Bird wakes up one morning feeling out of sorts-too grumpy to eat, too grumpy to play, and even too grumpy to fly. "Looks like I'm walking today," he grumbles. On his way, he passes a succession of happy-go-lucky animals, including a sheep, a rabbit, and a beaver, all of whom ask him what he is doing. "Walking," he responds, more and more testily, and each creature decides to join him. Eventually, the walk turns into an impromptu game of follow-the-leader, and Bird finds himself having so much fun that he forgets to be grumpy. Finally, he invites them all to fly back to his nest with him, and, oddly enough, they do. This straightforward story is enlivened by unusual mixed-media illustrations. Each scene consists of sketches of farmland or trees, layered over photographs of real farms and trees. Cheerful flowers and stars are scribbled throughout. The animal characters are simplistic cartoons with thick black outlines and comical facial expressions. The slightly psychedelic quality of the art works to foreshadow the whimsical ending, which otherwise comes as a surprise after the wry, sarcastic tone of the rest of the story. Grumpy Bird would make a good addition to storytimes with themes of emotions or imagination.—Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA
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"Jeremy Tankard's deceptively simple tale is a useful tonic for moody kids -- and their parents -- but the best thing about it is the comic perfection of Bird's face as he marches along in a fury." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Grumpy Bird would make a good addition to storytimes with themes of emotions or imagination." -- School Library Journal

Awards for Grumpy Bird
- Los Angeles Times Favorite Books of 2007
- Nominee, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2008
- Nominee, CBA Libris Award, Children's Illustrator of the Year, 2008
- Shortlist, The Amelia Francess Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2008
- Nominee, Shining Willow Award, 2007
- OLA Best Bets, 2007
- CBC Sounds Like Canada Children's Book Panel Selection
- Nominee, Blue Spruce Award, 2007
- Toronto Public Library "First & Best" booklist
- Nominee, Early Years Niagara Literary Award
--This text refers to the Board book edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Lexile Measure: 280L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439851475
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439851473
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 10.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Grumpy Bird and me, we got off to a rough start. I first laid eye on the impossibly irritable fowl one day while traipsing about a local bookstore. There on an upper shelf sat, "Grumpy Bird". He was grumpy. He was a bird. With so many other books vying for my attention I slipped the book from the shelf and gave it a quick once over. Flip flip flip, back on the shelf it went, and I didn't think of it again for many months. Really, not until a colleague essentially grabbed me by the lapels and said to me, "You MUST love this book!!!", and proceeded to demonstrate the readability of the title did I have to concede that I had misjudged "Grumpy". Worse still, what I had in my hands was an exceedingly rare addition to my collection of must-have readalouds. What on earth was I thinking when I didn't pay Tankard's book the proper amount of respect? So now I am here to right a great wrong. If you, like myself, have merely glimpsed at a copy of this book and then continued on with your sweet little lives, stop whatever it is that you are doing and give "Grumpy Bird" the attention he so desperately deserves. You'll never look at an avian grumpfest the same way again.

It happens. One day you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or, in this particular case, nest. When Bird woke up one day he was, not to put too fine a point on it, grumpy. With grumpiness comes a kind of ennui so, without eating, playing, or flying, Bird goes for a walk. If he was hoping for solitude, though, this probably wasn't the best plan. As Bird meets up with various friends they all join him for his stroll. First Sheep. Then Rabbit. Then Raccoon. By the time Beaver and Fox join the fun the whole group has taken on the appearance of a rather low-key parade.
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I purchased this book on a whim after my toddler had a particularly bad run of the grumpies. Upon the first reading, Grumpy Bird became a family favorite. In the story, a little bird wakes up in a grumpy mood and tries to maintain his grumpy disposition as he walks (he's too grumpy to fly) around his neighborhood. His pals are oblivious to his grumpy outlook, and think a walk with their bird-friend is a great idea. Their companionship has the ultimate effect of making the bird forget he was supposed to be grumpy. My child and I not only enjoy the story, but the illustrations are unique, fun, and endearing. Grumpy Bird never sits on the bookshelf very long.
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This book is sure to make almost any grumpy bird happy after reading it. The unique illustrations compliment the sarcastic bird's mood. As you read, it's easy to imagine Bird must have a change of heart, but the ending is still a fun surprise. This book is perfect for the (sometimes) little grumpy birds in my nest!
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God, this book is funny. Just. so. funny. And, apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so; it garnered quite a bit of advanced praise and then managed to get some good reviews (from The Horn Book and School Library Journal to name just a couple). I have David Elzey's review at The Excelsior File to thank for first making me want to go out and find a copy. Here's what so funny: Grumpy Bird just wakes up pissed off. I love it. There are some of us for whom the phrase "woke up on the wrong side of the bed" simply has no meaning. There can be "a" wrong side? Both sides are always glaringly wrong and we wake up feeling as if the center of gravity were directly under our bed and need about, oh, at least one hour and several cups of coffee to facilitate actually speaking to anyone without grumbling and cursing and swearing. So, yup, Grumpy Bird wakes up grumpy. He is hysterically surly in the morning. He wakes up too grumpy to eat, play, or even fly. "Looks like I'm walking today," he says. Grumpy Bird, my new favorite matutinal misanthrope, passes Sheep, Rabbit, Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox, and they all ask him what he's doing. Not surprisingly, he snaps back comments like, "'Let me give you a hint . . . You do it by placing one foot in front of the other.'" The animals all manage to be fairly chipper in the mornings (an emotional state I cannot fathom for having just woken) and happily join him on his walk. When bird suddenly stops, so do all the animals. When he stands on one leg, so do they. When he jumps, so do they. "'Hey, this is fun! . . . Let's fly back to my nest for a snack,'" Grumpy Bird says, managing to be lifted from his Fog of Irritability by the mere presence of his friends and a bit of cheery camraderie. If the story itself sounds appealing to you, let me tell you: It. gets. even.Read more ›
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Kids LOVE this book. It's funny, simple and cleverly touches on moods and friendship. My 2 1/2 yo son enjoys telling the story as much as I enjoy reading it to him. Boo Hoo Bird is equally lovable, but they do share a very similar storyline.
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My daughter one day started throwing tantrums when we couldn't understand her and/or she didn't get her way. She'd sulk in a corner and tell us she was angry. I searched amazon for some age-appropriate books to talk about feelings with her - this book is fantastic, she loves the pictures and the story is perfect for her age. The bird wakes up grumpy and eventually the other animals help him forget. Simple, to the point, perfect.
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