Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Picture Books
What did you like about the book? Lily is having a bad day. Before we begin the story, the end pages show Lily, complete with red tutu, teddy bear and frog eyed umbrella, marching with a frown under scribbled clouds and crayon colored rain drops. Today we learn, “Things felt a little frumpy and bumpy, just not so and not quite right.” Lily tries to draw, but her heart isn’t in it until she draws Bear. Bear appears from the drawing and sets out to make Lily feel better. He diagnoses her with “grumpy feet” and tries to fix them with “happy shoes” and ‘sticky cake.” Nothing works until Bear takes Lily on a journey into the starry sky where they fulfill the items on Lily’s “Things to do” list. They drive to the moon, drink hot chocolate, polish the stars and jump very high. It is while Lily is jumping that she gets her smile back. “Bear had turned the grumps into the jumps!” All ends well in this fun-filled story that is full of imagination. The bright crayon colored screen printed illustrations perfectly capture the whimsical tone story.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Fans of the first Lily and Bear story will be happy to share this new adventure. This is a good book to share with anyone having their own grumpy day.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture Books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 3/19/17