Grumpy Bird (Hardcover)

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Bird wakes up feeling grumpy. Too grumpy to eat or play -- too grumpy even to fly. "Looks like I'm walking today," says Bird. He walks past Sheep, who offers to keep him company. He walks past Rabbit, who also could use a walk. Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox join in, too. Before he knows it, a little exercise and companionship help Bird shake his bad mood.

Praised by the Wall Street Journal as "comic perfection," this winsome, refreshingly original picture book is sure to help kids (and grown-ups) giggle away their grumpies, too! Bird's impeckably crafted, hilarious melodramas continue in the Grumpy Bird board book, Boo Hoo Bird, Hungry Bird, and coming in 2018, Sleepy Bird.

About the Author

When Jeremy Tankard’s daughter was three, she said, “Draw grumpy things, Daddy.” He drew her a grumpy lion, a grumpy snake, a grumpy bear, a grumpy alarm clock, and, finally, a grumpy bird. The bird looked SO grumpy, SO ridiculous and so CUTE that they both started to laugh. Jeremy recognized a story in this character and sat down to write it. That story became the Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, Grumpy Bird, and more hilarious stories followed in Boo Hoo Bird, and Hungry Bird. The beloved Bird series has become a bestseller in Jeremy’s native Canada and continues to soar. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children. You can visit him online at

Praise For…

Distinctions and Praise for Grumpy Bird:

An LA Times Favorite Book of 2007

"Comic perfection." --The Wall Street Journal

"Hilarious." --The Los Angeles Times

"Tankard's illustrations alone will cheer up any bad mood." --Parent & Child Magazine, Teachers' Picks, April 2007

"A way out of a bad mood for surly birds, whatever their species." --Publishers Weekly

"Whimsical and funny." --Kirkus Reviews

"A good addition to storytimes." --School Library Journal

Praise for Boo Hoo Bird:

"Mood master Jeremy Tankard succeeds again." --Time Out New York

"Like Mo Willems . . . Tankard takes the worldview of the toddler seriously while appreciating its humor. He has distilled his insight into the toddler mind into dramas that are the pint-size equivalent of Shakespeare." --The Los Angeles Times

"Bet high on this becoming another storytime winner, just like its predecessor." --Booklist

"Distinctive." --Horn Book

"Playful pacing and taut expressions capture the humor and vulnerability of Bird and his gang. This selection will resonate." --Kirkus Reviews

"With its blend of realism and exaggeration, condolence and humor, this may well turn a sympathetic 'Boo hoo hoo!' into a family standby in times of bonkitude." --BCCB

Praise for Hungry Bird:

"Bird is over-the-top, self-absorbed, melodramatic, and hilarious . . . A delightful romp." --Kirkus Reviews

"Picky eaters will be laughing along and trying new things in no time with this funny installment of Bird and friends. A recommended purchase perfect for storytime or small group sharing that will be in high demand." --School Library Journal

"Once again, Tankard draws a lot of humor from the disconnect between the chunky-cute looks of his woodland cast and the angry depths of his rosy-cheeked hero." --Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9780439851473
ISBN-10: 0439851475
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April 1st, 2007
Pages: 32
Language: English