Penguin is grumpy. He doesn’t know why, but it doesn’t matter; he feels just wretched and he just can’t shake it. When he gets home, he takes off his “grumpy” coat and “grumpy” pants, shedding his clothing piece by piece until he can hop in a nice, cold bubble bath with his ducky. Then, after putting on his favorite pajamas, having a nice cup of hot chocolate, and snuggling into bed, he begins to feel better. He knows that sometimes, the best you can do is try to wash the grumpy away, and attempt to start the next day with a better attitude.
What a sweet, lovely book! Everyone has had a day like Penguin’s, and I loved that, instead of simply saying “cheer up!,” the message of the story focused on self-care and resolving to try again tomorrow, which is a great philosophy regarding frustration or disappointment for all ages. I LOVED the block color print-style illustrations, they are colorful, classic, and completely adorable. The length is perfect, and JJ loved the grumpy little penguin’s story. This is a great staple book for any child’s library; the kind that can be read again and again whenever we need a reminder that being grumpy is part of life, and to try not to let it bring us down. Baby Bookworm approved!