Friday, May 27, 2016
By Claire Messer
Albert Whitman & Company, 2016.
A penguin comes in from out in the rain. This penguin is grumpy! He takes off his “grumpy” clothes from his coat to his underwear (that children will laugh about…especially because the “grumpy” underwear has hearts on them). But still the penguin is grumpy. Finally there is something that helps penguin feel better.
Children who have been grumpy will relate to penguin and how sometimes it is hard to stop being grumpy. Grownups who read books with kiddos will be happy to have a book that offers a suggestion to being grumpy—or at the very least a way to talk about how being grumpy is a feeling that will eventually pass. The illustrations are uncluttered and have about 5 or so colors that make readers pay attention to each bold detail. This will be a great story to read before bed or at a story time or in another large group. (And I particularly enjoyed the extra little details that are for adults! For example, take a look at what is written on the washing machine.) This book is fun for little ones who tend to get grumpy every now and again.