Monday, March 7, 2011

The Grouchies

Here's another fun grouchy day read called The Grouchies by Debbie Wagenbach and illustrated by Steve Mack. Similar to Alexander in my previous post a young boy wakes up with the grouchies. They hover over him like gloomy clouds and have a little chant they sing to encourage him to not act nice to others. At the end of the day the little boy reflects on how bad the day was. His sister is sad, his friends don't want to play with him, mom and dad are mad. His parents tuck him in and offer up some great advise on how to stop those grumpy grouchies. I wasn't sure what my two would think as I read through it. We've had some grumpy grouchies of late. They loved it and have requested to read it several times since. It was a great help too for starting a great discussion on our attitudes and behavior. There are additional notes to parents about grouchiness and how to help your kids work through it in the back of the book. The illustrations are bold, simple and fun.