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The unbudgeable curmudgeon
2019
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"For any kid or parent that's having a bit of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, this book is an instant pick me up. Great for siblings, too!" --Red Tricycle

"After reading aloud, listeners might discover their own ways to unbudge curmudgeons."-- Publishers Weekly

"Playful language and a subtly rhyming text create an enjoyable read-aloud about frustrations and bad moods." -- Booklist

What do you do with a curmudgeon that just won't budge? Why, shake off the grumpy 'tude and embrace the fun!

Have you ever seen a curmudgeon that looks like your brother, but is in such a bad mood you hardly recognize him? You can try all the peanut butter sandwiches and brownies you have, but he is not moving.

Nothing works, especially nudging, and he just makes you so grumpy that eventually you have no choice but to fight back--and then...

Have you ever become a curmudgeon that just won't budge?

Matthew Burgess's playful depiction of bad moods and sibling rivalry is matched perfectly by Fiona Woodcock's unique childlike art style.
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A young girl wants her backpack, but the strap is caught under the leg of the chair her grumpy brother is sitting on, and he won't move. She asks nicely, she tries to bribe him, she tries to distract him, and she even tries calling their mother for help, all to no avail. When she and her teasing sibling play tug-of-war with her pack, she falls down and becomes a grumpy curmudgeon herself just as he reverts to being a boy, at least for awhile. The colorful red, blue, and yellow illustrations are set on a white backdrop and are made from stencils, rubber stamps, and pencil. Children's blow pens were used to create shadows and a diffusion of color on the children's heads she's a red-headed girl and he's a red-faced monster, until they switch roles. Single- and double-page spreads are interspersed with vignettes full of action. Playful language and a subtly rhyming text create an enjoyable read-aloud about frustrations and bad moods.--Maryann Owen Copyright 2019 Booklist
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