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GRUMPY BIRD by Jeremy Tankard


by Jeremy Tankard & illustrated by Jeremy Tankard

Age Range: 1 - 4

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-439-85147-5
Publisher: Scholastic

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)