PreSchool-KÃ¢ÂÂBird wakes up one morning feeling out of sorts-too grumpy to eat, too grumpy to play, and even too grumpy to fly. 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.Ã¢ÂÂRachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA
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When Jeremy Tankard s daughter was three, she said, Draw grumpy things, Daddy. He drew her a grumpy lion, a grumpy snake, a grumpy bear, a grumpy alarm clock, and, finally, a grumpy bird. The bird looked SO grumpy, SO ridiculous and so CUTE that they both started to laugh. Jeremy recognized a story in this character and sat down to write it. That story became the Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, Grumpy Bird, and more hilarious stories followed in Boo Hoo Bird, and Hungry Bird. The beloved Bird series has become a bestseller in Jeremy s native Canada and continues to soar. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children. You can visit him online at www.jeremytankard.com."
Distinctions and Praise for Grumpy Bird An LA Times Favorite Book of 2007 "Comic perfection." --The Wall Street Journal "Hilarious." --The Los Angeles Times "Tankard's illustrations alone will cheer up any bad mood." --Parent & Child Magazine, Teachers' Picks, April 2007 "A way out of a bad mood for surly birds, whatever their species." --Publishers Weekly "Whimsical and funny." --Kirkus Reviews "A good addition to storytimes." --School Library Journal Praise for Boo Hoo Bird "Mood master Jeremy Tankard succeeds again." --Time Out New York "Like Mo Willems . . . Tankard takes the worldview of the toddler seriously while appreciating its humor. He has distilled his insight into the toddler mind into dramas that are the pint-size equivalent of Shakespeare." --The Los Angeles Times "Bet high on this becoming another storytime winner, just like its predecessor." --Booklist "Distinctive." --Horn Book "Playful pacing and taut expressions capture the humor and vulnerability of Bird and his gang. This selection will resonate." --Kirkus Reviews "With its blend of realism and exaggeration, condolence and humor, this may well turn a sympathetic 'Boo hoo hoo!' into a family standby in times of bonkitude." --BCCB Praise for Hungry Bird "Bird is over-the-top, self-absorbed, melodramatic, and hilarious . . . A delightful romp." --Kirkus Reviews "Picky eaters will be laughing along and trying new things in no time with this funny installment of Bird and friends. A recommended purchase perfect for storytime or small group sharing that will be in high demand." --School Library Journal "Once again, Tankard draws a lot of humor from the disconnect between the chunky-cute looks of his woodland cast and the angry depths of his rosy-cheeked hero." --Publishers Weekly