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The three grumpies
Wight, Tamra.
Personal Author:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Bloomsbury Children's Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
A little girl wakes up with the grumpies, three of them in fact, who follow her around all day causing trouble, until she figures out how to get rid of them.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.0 0.5 73921.
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Clearfield Library PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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A hilarious romp through one little girl's bad day-she wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, and all day the three Grumpies: Grumpy, Grumpier and Grumpiest, follow her around. She tries everything to get rid of them: stomping, hollering, and even ignoring them. But they only grin and retaliate by tripping her or splattering paint on her brand-new shirt. It seems she will never be rid of them...until a little smile creeps across her face and with an arsenal of giggles she soon manages to make the Grumpies flee.

Author Notes

Tamra Wight runs the Poland Spring campground, in Poland Spring, Maine, with her family. This is her first book.

Illustrator: Ross Collins is the illustrator of Busy Night and Jack and the Dreamsack . He lives in Scotland.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

What, exactly, awaits a girl who wakes up on the wrong side of the bed? Why, the Grumpies, of course. At least that's the scenario at play in Wright's picture book debut, an ultimately flat (and at times confusing) attempt at encouraging young readers to identify and deal with feelings. As a girl narrator awakens in the morning, the Grumpies-three slug-like, monsterish creatures dubbed Grumpy, Grumpier and Grumpiest-are waiting for her. The trio proceeds to make her day miserable, causing her to spill her milk, lose her shoes and homework, and trip on her way to the school bus. The adults in her world suggest different strategies for handling the Grumpies, but none seems to put the creatures/feelings in their place-until the narrator finally discovers a simple key to banishing them on her own. Unfortunately, Wright employs a coy tone that never believably fits the emotional skin of her child character. The simplistic text seems to impose an adult interpretation of feelings on the story rather than authentically celebrate kid empowerment and self-expression. Throughout, Collins's (Busy Night) lumbering, mischievous Grumpies try to steal the watercolor scenes with their antics, but they can't quite overshadow the very surly-looking protagonist. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Three monsters named Grumpy, Grumpier, and Grumpiest are waiting for a girl when she wakes up, and proceed to make her day miserable, from spilling her breakfast milk to dropping her homework in a puddle. Various well-meaning adults advise her on how to get rid of them, but it is the unnamed narrator who discovers the sure cure when she giggles, and then laughs, which sends them packing. Cartoon-style color art shows bug-eyed monsters with goofy expressions and toothy grins, along with a freckle-faced girl who seems to be having a bad-hair day as well. The illustrations add some clever touches, including a puppy that is highly suspicious of the interlopers that have shown up on its turf. Short, declarative sentences and sentence fragments run toward the ordinary ("The Grumpies grinned. All three of them"), and the topic has certainly been done before. The lack of freshness in both concept and writing style weakens this offering, despite respectable art. Where teachers and parents are clamoring for more titles on specific emotions, this is an adequate choice.-Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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