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Grumpy Bird, Jeremy Tankard

Label
Grumpy Bird
Title
Grumpy Bird
Statement of responsibility
Jeremy Tankard
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Feeling too grumpy to fly, Bird begins to walk and finds that his mood changes as other animals join him
Member of
Illustration
Award
OLA Best Bets, 2007.
Review
  • PreS-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 --Rachael Vilmar (Reviewed February 1, 2007) (School Library Journal, vol 53, issue 2, p98)
  • Anyone can sympathize with a blue bird who wakes up on the wrong side of the nest. Bird, whose rounded head is outlined in a thick swath of ink, squeezes one eye shut while scowling with the other. He hunches his shoulders like a budgie. The branches of his tree are rendered in diluted swipes of ink, and the sky, a weighty underwater blue despite the optimistic rising sun, mirrors his mood. Bird "was too grumpy to play. In fact, he was too grumpy to fly. 'Looks like I'm walking today,' said Bird." Squinting, Bird stomps through the meadow on pinlike legs, encountering animals one at a time. Each greets him and casually asks, "What are you doing?" Bird does not welcome their friendly overtures ("Let me give you a hint... You do it by placing one foot in front of the other"), yet they join him on his hike, and soon he leads a parade of a Sheep, Rabbit, Raccoon, Beaver and Fox. In their playful company, Bird finds it hard to stay grumpy. Graphic illustrator Tankard, a contributor to Wild Outdoor World making his children's book debut, draws his cartoonish animals in brushlike strokes of carbon-black ink, and digitally tints the forest scenery. His appealing title and cover close-up of the hero say it all: this uncomplicated paper-over-board book describes a common condition and a way out of a bad mood for surly birds, whatever their species. Ages 3-5. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed March 26, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 13, p92)
  • Bird is grumpy. So grumpy, in fact, that he gives up flying in favor of a summer stroll. During his promenade, Bird acquires a follow-the-leader, copycat bestiary whose action-packed antics ("Bird stopped. The other animals stopped") ultimately lift his spirits. The double-paged spreads saturated in rich colors host an array of expressive animal characters outlined with thick black brushstrokes. These child-like figures are given depth through a combination of digitally rendered background images and flower, tree and geometric motifs that mirror the patterning of the simple prose. The ending is whimsical and funny as Fox, Beaver and company flies back to a revitalized Bird's nest for—shudder—a worm meal. Since imitation is a trademark of toddlerhood, keep this energetic picture book in mind for wee storytime members. (Picture book. 1-4) (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2007)
Awards note
A Junior Library Guild selection
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
162166
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tankard, Jeremy
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.T161613
LC item number
Gru 2007
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 0
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Bird (Jeremy Tankard)
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mood (Psychology)
  • Emotions
  • Birds
  • Animals
  • Mood (Psychology)
  • Emotions
  • Birds
  • Animals
Target audience
preschool
Label
Grumpy Bird, Jeremy Tankard
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
27 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
[28] p.
Isbn
9780439851473
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2006003770
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)65165299
Label
Grumpy Bird, Jeremy Tankard
Publication
Dimensions
27 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
[28] p.
Isbn
9780439851473
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2006003770
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)65165299

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