- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 380 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (May 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0807530751
- ISBN-13: 978-0807530757
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 1-Penguin is in a snit of unspecified origins. Readers follow him as he tries to shed his ill humor along with his clothing. Then he counts to three and dives into his tub. With a nice, cold bath; his favorite pajamas; and his treasured book and teddy, Penguin redirects his attention to the little things that make him feel better. The illustrations are done in linoleum prints, pressed with muted hues of blues, with generous occasions of color to create a simple and effective narrative. Penguin's emotions are expressed through subtle facial expressions and gestures, creating a relatable experience. "As Penguin fell asleep, he knew that tomorrow would be a good day because all the grumpiness has been washed away." The text is large and spare for comfortable beginning readers. VERDICT This charming account of handling emotions is a great addition to other children's books about grumpy behavior.-Briana Moore, School Library Journalα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Penguin's ability to bring himself to a more content and optimistic place without any outside or parental help offers concrete, empowering ideas for readers who might be wearing their own grumpy outfits." Publishers Weekly, starred review, March 4, 2016
"Spare linoleum-print illustrations with lots of white space keep viewers' eyes trained on our protagonist as he humorously grumps and stomps (we're laughing at him, not with him) and then visibly chills out (his eyebrows give us all we need to gauge his moods)." Horn Book, July/August 2016
"Little ones will likely giggle over the subtly bashful, disrobing penguin and sympathize with his cloudy mood, and the gentle lesson―grouchiness is fleeting―is a comforting one, for both kids and parents." Booklist, April 15, 2016
"Messer's debut is both a useful lesson in beating a cantankerous mood and an elegant example of traditional printmaking, made appealingly up-to-date against stretches of white." The New York Times Book Review, May 4, 2016
"Messer has arrived at a fine combination here: few words and images, but not too few, and well-chosen to pave the way out of the grumps. The artwork possesses substance and delicacy. Really well turned, with balance, momentum, and all the right notes." Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"This charming account of handling emotions is a great addition to other children's books about grumpy behavior." School Library Journal, starred review, March 1, 2016
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Top customer reviews
What is a grumpy penguin to do when he can't shake off his grumpiness?
He tries so many things to make his day go better, but in the end, sometimes you just have to wash away the grumpies and start over the next day.
My 4-year-old loves it!