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The Very Grumpy Day by Stella J Jones & Alison Edgson

Everybody has grumpy days and today it’s Bear’s turn! We really love this simple but fun story which is great for showing children how their moods can affect the moods of those around them and how the power of kindness can often help to solve a problem.

The Story: Mouse has a present for Bear but Bear isn’t home, he’s gone out in a very grumpy mood! Bear’s grumpiness has a knock on effect on his friends in the wood and soon Mole, Hedgehog, Fox, the squirrel family and Owl are all feeling grumpy too. Even the weather joins in and it starts to rain but then Bear finds Mouse’s present and his mood changes…

Mouse’s kindness ultimately helps everybody in this story of animal friendship. Bear’s stomping has an impact on Mole and then Hedgehog becomes involved which causes Fox to drop his shopping. However, in the same way that Bear’s grumpy mood has an impact on everybody so does his apology. By the time that Mouse joins the animals they have all apologised to each other and they are all happy again!

We love stories where one action has an impact on another action. The Very Grumpy Day is fun to read and adds humour to a familiar situation. You just have to keep turning the page to find out how each animal’s action causes another action! Alison Edgson’s animals are cute and appealing and we love many of their expressions, especially Fox’s expression when he drops his shopping and Hedgehog’s smile when Mole hugs him. The final spread is our favourite, it shows Fox reading his book to his friends.

The Very Grumpy Day would be a great story to stimulate a classroom discussion about emotions and help children talk about what makes them grumpy and how they can deal with this emotion. They could also talk about how they would help a friend who is feeling grumpy. This would also be a fun story to include in an Early Years topic on animals and / or woods and forests, children could suggest other woodland animals that could be included in the story.

This is a great story to cheer a child up when they are having a grumpy day. It’s also a lovely, gentle story to read at bedtime.

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Stella J Jones / Illustrator: Alison Edgson

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending us a copy of The Very Grumpy Day. We’re delighted to see that we can also buy a German translation of this lovely story 🙂

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16 responses to “The Very Grumpy Day by Stella J Jones & Alison Edgson”

  1. tracey bowden avatar

    Oh my niece could do with reading this she is so grumpy some days! Sounds like a fun book that will help kids learn about their emotions more #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      Some children have more grumpy days than others! This is a great story to acknowledge how our actions can make others grumpy too!!

  2. BookBairn avatar

    Sounds great for helping little ones understand that sometimes we have ‘grumpy days’ and that the best medicine is kindness! Thanks for the recommendation #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s such a universal theme which is portrayed in a humorous way!

  3. Yet Another Blogging Mummy!!! avatar

    Sounds a lovely read to cuddle up with your children #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is a fun read, despite all the bad moods!

  4. Anita Cleare (@thinking_parent) avatar

    Books are a brilliant way to start conversations with children about feelings and moods – love this recommendation, thank you! #ReadWithMe

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’re welcome Anita, there are so many messages that can be conveyed through picture books but the messages don’t have to be conveyed in a didactic way.

  5. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds really good both as an entertaining story, but also as a subtle lesson to kids about how their moods can affect others. Like most 3yos, my niece has some truly spectacular moods! She could probably do with listening to this story 🙂

    1. Catherine avatar

      The messages in this story are delivered in a really fun but subtle way.

  6. Chantelle Hazelden avatar

    I definitely have grumpy days!! Sounds like a great one to show my kids who definitely take after their mum 😉 Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that we all have grumpy days but it’s good to see that the power of kindness can make even the grumpiest days better!

  7. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    Sounds like a lovely children’s book for bedtime #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is, it’s the kind of book you can read anytime, anywhere 🙂

  8. Laurel avatar

    Thanks for this review. I felt less grumpy just reading about this story! It sounds so cute. Do you know DER B¨AR IM B¨URO? It sounds like this PB has a similar feel.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Happy to hear that you are happier after reading the review 🙂 I don’t know Der B”AR IM B”URO, I’ll check it out.