Always So Grumpy by Erin Guendelsberger, illustrated by AndoTwin. Sourcebooks, 2020. 9781728216201
Format: ARC (available 9/20)
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book/feelings
What did you like about the book? A grumpy little hedgehog informs the reader that he is grumpy and crabby. He asserts that nothing will work to cheer him up, not telling a funny joke, making a silly noise, or tickling him. We gradually see that he wants to feel better, but won’t actually admit it until he thinks the reader is going away, and asks, “Couldn’t you stay a little bit longer?” When he asks for a hug, you know he just needs a little loving attention. It’s a simple and familiar concept, made cute by the large eyes prickly animal. The simple digital art keeps the hedgehog front and center, so that kids having a bad day can identify with the need for being heard.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? Add this to the canon of grumpy animal books for ages 4 and up, such as Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang and Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard.
Who should buy this book? Day cares, elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: April 26, 2020