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Grumpy Bird

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  3,053 Ratings  ·  227 Reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Scholastic Press
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Oct 14, 2007 Betsy rated it it was amazing
It happens. One day you wake up on the wrong side of the bed or, in this particular case, nest. When Bird woke up one day he was, not to put too fine a point on it, grumpy. With grumpiness comes a kind of ennui so, without eating, playing, or flying, Bird goes for a walk. If he was hoping for solitude, though, this probably wasn't the best plan. As Bird meets up with various friends they all join him for his stroll. First Sheep. Then Rabbit. Then Raccoon. By the time Beaver and Fox join the fun ...more
Sep 25, 2016 Cheryl rated it it was ok
Yeah, fine, but what about those of us who are grumpy because we *don't* have companions?! Hmpf.
Jubilation Lee
One morning, as the sun rose above the horizon, the beautiful stars faded in the glow of the dawn, and the wind began whispering softly through the trees, Grumpy Bird woke up and was all, "Fuck this, I hate your face."

So he goes for a walk, because he's too rage-filled to fly, and along the way his friends keep stopping him to ask what sort of wheeawesomefun adventure he's going on today. They're way too freaking cheerful.

"Hello, Bird," said Beaver. "What are you doing?"
"Let me give you a hint,"
Aug 01, 2016 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2013
It just so happens that I was pretty grumpy before sitting down with our girls to read this book. I was upset over some minor transgression they had made and I was frustrated.

So when they handed me this book, I just had to crack a smile. And then I read it with a gusto that I didn't know I had inside me. I channeled my inner Grumpy Bird and went with his irritation. So, it came as no surprise when I found that I wasn't so grumpy anymore once we finished the book.

No more grumpy mama...priceless
Sep 03, 2014 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The perpetually grumpy, small birds
Bird is a tiny version of me, except that he has better hair and can fly. So when he wakes up too grumpy to do anything but go for a walk and show his mild disdain for all life by resisting his friends' attempts to cheer him up, I am right there with him.

I wish I could report that the book has a happy ending where his friends realize the folly of the whole "cheering people up" philosophy, crawl back into their grubby holes and keep their happy thoughts to themselves. But being a children's book
Aug 26, 2009 Kathryn rated it liked it
The story is just so-so and pretty predictable (a grumpy bird becomes un-grumpy) but the illustrations are SO funny! I couldn't help laughing. Not destined to become a favorite, but definitely recommended if you ever feel like Grumpy Bird looks on the cover! :-0
Kevin Doyle
Dec 22, 2013 Kevin Doyle rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: young boys or girls, excellent baby shower gift
4 stars from me, but easily 5 stars from my family. Especially from our 3 y/o boy, who LOVES that little "Grumpy Bird".

This is a well-reviewed, popular book so I'll keep this simple. The text is minimal but SO fun to read aloud. You get to do different voices for each little critter who crosses grumpy bird's path. And, you get to be all gruff and annoyed when reading grumpy bird's words, which is a nice change from most books where the characters are generally happy.

The art is big, bright and bo
Aug 11, 2013 Jayna rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
All ages

Grumpy bird wakes up grumpy and decides to take a walk. On his walk different animal friends decide that they want to take a walk too and follow grumpy bird. Grumpy bird notices that they are doing whatever he does so he deicdes to have some fun and have them stand on one leg and jump around. Grumpy bird realizes that this is fun and that he is no longer grumpy. He leads his animal friends back to his nest for a snack.

This would be good for a bird themed story time. You could also read
Mar 07, 2015 Thomas rated it it was amazing
A fun book on its own but after a few reads you decide to change "walking" to "farting" (complete with sound effects) and now your young ones are hysterically laughing and there's no way you can't give this book 5-stars now for the joy it brought.

(Note to self: see if there's already a silly-farting book on the market and if there's not - get to writing it. I'll make a mint and be able to retire before turning 45.)
Sandi Roe
Feb 25, 2014 Sandi Roe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family
Everyone wakes up Grumpy on occassion. Bird is so grumpy that he can't eat, play, or fly. He is left with walking. Along his way, he meets up with several animals. Each asks what he is doing. Each time, he gets a little more grumpy. His friends aren't detered by this and decide to walk with him. Once he realizes they all do exactly what he does, he begins to have fun and forgets all about being grumpy. Wonderful story of friendship.
Aug 12, 2008 Miriam rated it it was amazing
This book cracks me up! The little kids I've shared it with in the library also seem to like it, so that's good too.
Whitney Maas
May 02, 2013 Whitney Maas rated it really liked it
Thank you Beth for this suggestion and it is adorably you :)
Sep 29, 2016 Mariah rated it it was amazing
Nice, easy read-aloud with an amusing ending that might go over a few tiny heads.
Eva Leger
Jan 16, 2011 Eva Leger rated it liked it
Shelves: julias-books
This is a pretty neat little story - especially if you ever tease your kid about being grumpy. :) The little bird in the story wakes up grumpy, so grumpy he doesn't even want to fly. Instead he begins walking and to his dismay a bunch of forest animals decide that walking is just so much fun they'd like to go along also!
Upon meeting each animal they ask Grumpy Bird what he's doing and as anyone can plainly see, he's simply walking. Poor Grumpy Bird gets more and more irked as the question keeps
Jenn Swanson
Sep 11, 2016 Jenn Swanson rated it really liked it
A bird wakes up on the wrong side of nest and is grumpy. He decides to go for a walk. Next thing you know all these other animals decide to follow him. In the end they put him in a better mood. My daughter enjoyed this story and the illustrations were simple and colorful. Would recommend.
Jessica Green
Jul 31, 2012 Jessica Green rated it really liked it
Grumpy Bird woke up on the wrong side of the bed and was feeling grumpy the whole day. His friends kept asking him what he was doing and he started to get a little frustrated at the same question over and over. His friends followed him until Bird got out of his grumpy mood. This story also shows how friends can make your day a little bit better or help you to get out of a funk that you might be in for the day. This story would be good sometimes to read and discuss in the morning or after nap tim ...more
Mar 06, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Bird woke up grumpy. He is too grumpy to eat, play, or fly, so he walks all day. On his walk, Bird bumps into several friends who all want to join him. When he realizes he is being followed, Bird starts to play tricks on his friends, waiting to see if they will mimic him. All this walking and playing is lifting Bird's spirits. Even though he woke up grumpy, Bird is stating to feel better.

'Grumpy Bird" is appropriate for ages 3+.

My favorite part of this book is the illustrations. Bird's face ra
Jennifer Rayment
Dec 19, 2011 Jennifer Rayment rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-by-author
Jake's Review: This is a really funny book. Grumpy reminds me of both my parents and the midget. I like how the bird is in a bad mood and than slowly with the help of his friends loses his grumpiness. The pictures are funky and I would like to read more books by the author that are more for my age, as this one is more for little babies.

Jake's Rating: 9/10

Mom's Review: I love Grumpy Bird, he totally reminds me of my kids, ok and me on some days. This is a truly delightful little story that everyo
Feb 13, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
This is a fun book. My kids were drawn to the artwork and wanted to read it first of all the books we picked out. It's a simple little story about a bird who wakes up feeling grumpy and decides to take a walk. Along the way his friends all decide to come along with him. Eventually, he realizes the humor in the situation and stops being grumpy. Then they all fly back to his nest and have a snack!

Such a simple story, but the personality conveyed by the pictures of the little bird and his friends
As sometimes happens to us all, Bird gets up one morning, and for no reason at all, he feels grumpy, too grumpy to even take to the skies. As he walks along the way to his destination, he encounters other animals who decide to join him. They follow him along, and when he stops, they stop. After he performs certain actions, which they mimic, his bad mood disappears, and he decides to fly back home to share a snack with his friends. This board book reminds us not to take ourselves so seriously and ...more
Shauna Masura
Some days you are just too grumpy to do anything but walk, and that's exactly what bird decides to do. He walks and he walks and he meets his friends along the way. Once he's with his buddies, he realizes that he doesn't have much of a reason to be grumpy anymore. Grumpy Bird, by Jeremy Tankard vibrantly expresses both the worth of friendship and the transience of bad moods. Illustrations are boldly executed with thick, black outlines and a shocking color palette. Told in a sequential pattern, t ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Wendy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preschoolers, children who are learning about their emotions
Shelves: for-your-kids
Grumpy Bird got up on the wrong side of the nest this morning. "Looks like I'm walking today," he huffs. Along the way, he meets his friends, who agree it's a lovely day for a walk. Pretty soon, walking with his friends makes Bird feel better, and they can enjoy each other's company.

Children love when the reader makes grumpy faces and growls out Grumpy Bird's lines. The bright illustrations make this a really fun storytime share, and the topic opens up one-on-one conversations about emotions and
Amy Ringquist
Bird wakes up on the wrong side of the nest and tries to spread his grumpiness to his animal friends. What started out as a bad day, quickly becomes an unintentional, and cheering, game of follow-the-leader. This is a model text for organization as each animal is introduced and added to the line. It is a fun example of voice as well since each animal responds to Bird's grumpy comments in slightly different ways. During read aloud you can easily add voice traits to aid the word choice (i.e., I re ...more
J.F. Sanborn
Aug 11, 2011 J.F. Sanborn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This is one of my favorite books to read with my children! I use different voices to animate each character and we always end up laughing together.

Bird is having a rough day and he wants nothing to do with playing! He certainly has no interest in flying! He decides to go for a walk to blow off some steam. His friends encounter him throughout his walk- but bird isn't interested in hanging out with them. Sometimes, however, our friends are just what we need to remind us of reasons to have fun!

Jun 23, 2011 Alicia rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Although Grumpy Bird is not the best role model for little ones, even nice birds get grumpy once in a while. His sullen attitude is eventually improved by his eager friends, and he shows his kind side by the end. My sister pointed out that people who have a grouchy attitude may not attract many friends the way Grumpy Bird does, but I think it's also important to learn that sometimes cheering someone up is worth the effort and makes one a better friend for it. The illustrations are colorful and l ...more
Sarah Nolet
Nov 25, 2012 Sarah Nolet rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!! It was predictable enough so that younger kids would have no trouble reading it. The storyline was simple so that a wide variety of students could understand it. The pictures were beautiful and bright. They were so interesting how they depicted nature in such bright colors. Also I thought it was interesting how the book had no end pages, and rather started and ended on the back of the cover of the book. I think because of the nature of the story, you could read thi ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Vivian rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
My teen-age daughter loves helping out her librarian mother at library story time. We selected this story as part of our "owl" theme event. Afterall, Grumpy bird could be an owl. I took the part of “grumpy bird” and she took the parts of the other animals. We added to the fun by inviting the children to do the actions depicted which include...
• Walking in place
• stopping
• standing on one leg
• jumping
• “flying”
Doing actions helps create focus. Using large motor movements helps prepare children fo
Danielle Delahunty
Oct 11, 2014 Danielle Delahunty rated it really liked it
I want to know if angry birds was somehow inspired by this book or visa/versa, it's the right time frame and it's a GREAT infectious book.

This book is great because of the dialog, I LOVE reading the sarcasm into the words, because it talks like I do. I totally imagine this author to be some 30-something who has the latest iphone and sits around at Starbucks and texts all his hipster friends whenever he writes a new book.

And I'm happy with that thought, because we need more people who write natu
Rima Aroutiounian
May 29, 2014 Rima Aroutiounian added it
Shelves: 1
This is a children’s book that was voted in Colorado. This book won One Book 4 Colorado. It is about a bird that wakes up grumpy and does not want to fly so he started walking. One of the animals asks him what he is doing and he says, “I’m walking.” Then some more animals start following him and he stops, every animal stops. Then, he jumps, the animals jump. Then he says, “Lets fly and go have a desert.” Everyone flies and goes to have desert at Grumpy Bird’s nest. This is a great book for child ...more
Jul 30, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
Grumpy Bird is so grumpy that he can't even fly, so he takes a walk. He passes by a bunch of different animals who ask what he's doing and want to join him. When he realizes that he has a whole line of animals following his every move, he stands on one leg. All the other animals do it, too. Then he jumps. Again, all the other animals do it, too. Then Grumpy Bird realizes that he's having fun! They end by all flying to Bird's nest in the end... even though some of the animals don't naturally fly. ...more
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I get ideas by watching and listening all the time. I also keep a sketchbook and am constantly doodling and creating characters," Jeremy Tankard says. Growing up in Cape Town, South Africa, Columbia, South Carolina, Hazard, Kentucky, and finally Knoxville, Tennessee Jeremy Tankard, the son of a story telling father and a mother who oversaw libraries, was always surrounded by stories and inspiratio ...more
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