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Grumpy Gloria

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  295 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Gloria was glum and grumpy

Out of sorts.

Sad and lumpy.

A brand-new doll?

It's time to pout!

Gloria felt so left out.

Poor Gloria the bulldog thinks she has lost her best friend when the little girl who owns her receives a doll as a birthday present. Suddenly the girl Gloria does everything with now does everything with her new doll! But Gloria can't exactly tell anyone why she
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 21st 2006 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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The rhymes were fun. The pictures were enjoyable and my favorite part of the book--very telling of the emotions, at least with Gloria. The story was OK, though it started to get a little old for me. While this could work for a storytime, I'm not quite attached enough to it (right now) to help convey it to the kids. I might be able to in a lap-read.
Kiera Turner
Jul 10, 2014 Kiera Turner rated it really liked it
Shelves: dogs, feelings
Such a cute book! Great book to introduce if discussing feelings in the classroom, but also great for rhyming words as well. I love the pictures and the use of academic language such as sullen and sulky.
Dec 22, 2016 Angie rated it really liked it
Not quite what I was expecting but still hopefully will teach some skills to the kiddo.
Mar 08, 2017 Julie rated it really liked it
The front cover of this book tells us that it will be about a grumpy dog. It also sets the mood by using hairy looking, big letters and a red background to emphasize that this book is about a dog that’s not so happy. Throughout the book the expressions on the characters’ faces help to show the mood. Something that I found interesting was reading the back flap that gives a little information about the author and also reveals her inspiration for writing this book. There is good use of an illustrat ...more
Aug 15, 2011 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, pets, rhyming, 2011
Cute story about trying to cheer a pet up. The narrative is bouncy and rhyming, so it flows nicely. And the illustrations are very funny. We really enjoyed Anna Dewdney's Llama Llama books, so when we found this book at our local library, we just knew we'd have to check it out. It's a fun and silly read, although I did caution our girls not to do to our pets many of the things these children did to their pet.
Apr 27, 2012 Deb rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile
This is a lesser known book from the author of the popular "Llama, Llama" series. We received our family copy from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library several years ago, and it quickly became a family favorite.

I personally enjoy reading books that rhyme to young children. I just think they're more fun to read. This story made both my boys laugh and laugh when they were little. I added some of my own animation to go along with the story, which helped (doesn't everyone do that when they read to k
From the author/illustrator of the popular "Llama Llama" books comes the story of Gloria the Bulldog. Gloria is grumpy because her girl had a birthday party and got a new doll. Toys, bathing, dress-up... Nothing improves Gloria's mood. Then the kids decide to take her for a ride in the basket of a bicycle. Suddenly there's a crash! Gloria finds herself in the baby bassinet with the new doll. And a smile!

Rather simplistic and not nearly as good as the Llama books, but still enjoyable.
Hannah Guerra
Dec 05, 2013 Hannah Guerra rated it really liked it
Shelves: eng-261
This is a fun picture book that is good for students in pre-school, kindergarten, and 1st grade. It follows a bulldog named Gloria and the family she lives with. Gloria is very grumpy and her family tried doing all sorts of things to cheer her up, but none of them seem to work. In the end, we see that all she wanted was to spend time with her family, and she becomes happy again. This book has a theme of animals and pet love.
Samantha Matiz
Jul 08, 2015 Samantha Matiz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rhymes, mood, mad
This is a really cute book with great illustrations. Grumpy Gloria is about a dog who is in a bad mood but her owners try a lot of different things to make her feel better. At the end of the story after the owners try so many things to make her day better, Gloria gets a break and she suddenly is not grumpy anymore.
Dec 28, 2011 Carly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 2 and up.
Shelves: 2011, picture-books
Grumpy Gloria is a cute story about an adorable bulldog who feels displaced when her friend gets a brand-new doll. A bath, a game of dress-up and bike ride do little to cheer her up. Gloria just wants her friend back! The rhyming text is perfect for a novice reader. The illustrations- barring the delightful depictions of Gloria's grumpiness-are unremarkable.
Jadai Mcgee
Grumpy Gloria is full if fun with its unique adjectives to describe all the feeling of Gloria when her owner gets brand new doll. This story would be a great example to get your students to add more detail and be specific when describing emotions. This book can also be used to map out the plot of a story.
Nov 15, 2011 VegasGal rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, read-2011
Am I the only one here who noticed that the actual story doesn't say why Gloria is grumpy? The inside cover of the book points out that the girl in the story has a new doll, but what if you accidentally skipped that part?
The story is cute, (and reminds me of countless jealous dogs) but could have been much better.

Read the author's "Llama" books instead.
May 21, 2015 Ricci rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Storytime 5-21-15; Another loveable dog story. Gloria is grumpy because she wants attention, but does not know how to convey it; kids can easily relate to the feeling of being "left out" and can learn how to be more understanding through this simple tale.
May 11, 2010 Libby rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
My 20-mo-old son really likes this book, even though I don't think he fully understands what's going on. I love the great use of adjectives and fun rhyming. The illustrations are very expressive too.
Mar 16, 2009 Amber rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s-books
I was SO disappointed with this book as I love Dewdney's Llama Llama books. I found this one to be pretty boring, just a book full of different adjectives for "grumpy"...lacked a real plot...and my kids weren't thrilled with it either.
May 27, 2010 Crystal rated it really liked it
My 2 year old loves this more than I do, but I think it's cute. It's a cute story about a dog who feels left out. It is great for helping my little one label and understand her emotions. Plus, it's just fun!
Liked the rhyming but the dog in this book is ugly :-) it was a cute story.
Jul 12, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
This was too easy of a ready for my seven year old. Her brother, four years old, liked it just a little bit.
Apr 13, 2010 Edna rated it it was ok
Gloria children-owners try everything they can to make their dog happy. The illustrations are sweetly expressive.
Nov 06, 2010 Anj rated it it was amazing
I don't know how many times we have read this in just a 2 week period. My 3 year old girl loves it.
Sep 24, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
The dog is jealous of the baby doll. There's room for two.
Mar 16, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
My niece approved. She says "It's really good. The whole family tries to make her happy when she was lonely."
Jennifer Rook
Oct 29, 2010 Jennifer Rook rated it liked it
cute book!
Wendy Swain
Feb 19, 2013 Wendy Swain rated it really liked it
Loved it. It had a good lesson about the challenges of trying to cheer someone up who doesn't necessarily want to be cheered up.
Jul 07, 2015 Naomi rated it it was ok
Meh, Dime a dozen feeling to it. The illustrations were slightly better than the story to hold my interest, but barely
Oct 12, 2010 Briana rated it liked it
Definitely NOT as good as the Llama llama series! Anna is a great artist however...therefore deserving of three stars. I liked the loving relationship between Gloria and her owner, as well. <3
Sep 16, 2010 Melissa rated it liked it
Another favorite with my toddler that I don't mind reading over and over again. We like to pretend we are gloria and make grumpy faces at each other.
Mar 10, 2009 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ella
loves this author
Sep 02, 2015 Darla rated it liked it
Shelves: kindergarten
Letter G worthy!
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