An effervescent how-to for the wrangling of fearsome, tantrum-prone beasties.
Beware the “world’s most fearsome creature” and learn how to recognize it on sight—in this case, a bipedal stegosaurus. Most often spotted in a sulk after a great wrong (in this case, an injured teddy bear), the Grumpasaurus is best avoided. The family house cat learns the hard way why this creature should be approached only with great caution, if at all. Anger unabated, the distraught dino continues its fearsome approach until at last its mother comes with repaired toy in hand, and the Grumpasaurus, now a happy, light-skinned boy, cuddles toy and cat in peace. The guide seems to have been written with siblings in mind, but all would do well to heed the warning of this book. Though the implication is that tantrums are solved solely by parental intervention (in this case, the immediate repair of the tattered teddy), there are still worthy takeaways, not least a chuckle or two. The tantrums depicted operate at a low ebb, and the cat is only mildly terrorized. Hemingway gives his “guide” a faintly retro look, placing his figures on faux-aged lined paper and labeling his diagrams with mid-20th-century flair. For all the clouds and gloom, this dino remains brightly rendered.
Kids will sympathize, parents will recognize, siblings will familiarize. (Picture book. 3-6)