Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

I'm Grumpy

I'm Grumpy

Jennifer L. Holm
Illustrator:  Matthew Holm 
Board Book
For ages 2 to 4
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2016   ISBN: 978-0553533446

Grumpy Cloud is not having a good day. A bird woke him up too early in the morning, he got rained on, a wind blew his hat off, and – and this really is too much – his ice cream fell out of its cone. When you think about it, it really is not surprising that he is grumpy.

Then Sunny turns up. Sunny is smiley and happy and he tries to cheer Grumpy Cloud up, but all Grumpy Cloud does is to get grumpier. Finally, he gets into such a foul mood that he creates thunder and lightning and terrifies poor Sunny. Now, on top of feeling grumpy, Grumpy Cloud feels “bad.”

This wonderful board book introduces young children to comics. Jennifer L. Holm and her brother Matthew Holm, who brought us Babymouse and other wonderful characters, tell us a delightful story about bad moods, friendship, and forgiveness. They also show children how expressive illustrations, paired with the right words, can tell a special story