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Good Morning, Grumple
Not every child greets the new day with enthusiasm. Those who don't are called Grumples, and they must be dealt with carefully. Sing very softly, tickle one pinky toe, kiss the scrunched-up forehead. And then a big hug and a singing rhyme to see in the day. Even Grumples cannot resist. There are many going-to-bed books, but Good Morning, Grumple is a unique look at the cel ...more
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published March 22nd 2017 by Pajama Press
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I really wanted to like this book, mostly because I'm also a morning-hating grumple. The illustrations are a little odd, but I was willing to look past that...until I saw the typo. Throughout the book, "its" is used correctly, except in one spot. On the same page, there is both an "its" and an "it's" and they both should be "its." Really?!?!?! Three out of four review journals didn't even mention this. If there's one thing that kills a picture book for me, it's a blatant typo. I don't understand ...more
Jun 19, 2017 Jessica Brown rated it really liked it
This book is me. I am a Grumple and I have been from day one, according to my momma. I do not like getting up in the morning, and neither does Grumple. Grumple's mom gently urges him awake with kisses and singing and hugs. It's a really cute story for the non-morning person/baby and their momma.
Jun 26, 2017 Juliana Lee rated it liked it
Cute little story with singing rhymes to help a little one wake up in the morning (not that I've ever met a little one who wasn't bounding out of bed before their parents). The rhythm seemed off for me, but that might be because I'm tone deaf.
This book is ok. Books that create a rhyme or a song have to be really good to impress me, and this one didn't do it. The illustrations are also one big bland shade of beige. Oh well. Might be cute for parents whose kids don't want to wake up.
Feb 18, 2017 Barbara rated it liked it
Interesting collage illustrations in various tints and tones complement a story that will remind readers of someone they know. While some of us are ready to eagerly greet the day each morning, others take their time about waking up, and even when they are up, are more than a little bit grumpy. It takes deftness and quite a bit of coaxing to get that Grumple up, and this book with its padded cover offers tips for how to do so. A soft song, a brief tickle of a toe, and a kiss might do the trick. A ...more
Victoria Allenby dictated her first picture book to her mother at the age of two. Since then she has learned to write things down herself, and today makes a living as a freelance writer and editor. She lives in Toronto with Cole, a cat who thinks he is much more interesting than laptops and books.