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, the story of Grumpy Bird exudes the kind of predictability which is helpful for beginning readers yet not too boring for the adults. Recommended for preschool through lower elementary, Grumpy Bird will be a hit (slingshots and pigs not included).