Saturday, September 25, 2021

Review - The Bad Mood

The Bad Mood

by Moritz Petz
illustrated by Amélie Jackowski
Date: 2004
Publisher: NorthSouth Books
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: NetGalley

Sometimes a bad mood can be contagious!

Badger got up one morning feeling very grumpy. "Humph!" Badger said to himself. What was the point of being in a bad mood if nobody noticed? he thought. So Badger headed out, slamming the door behind him. Badger spreads his bad mood far and wide, greeting all his friends with angry, rude remarks that put them in bad moods, too. A comical, cautionary tale for anyone who has ever gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

We all have a bad mood from time to time. This quick story follows Badger as he wakes up in a bad mood and decides he must let all his friends know about it. By the time his grumpiness has worked its way out of his system, all his friends are in a bad mood and want nothing to do with him!

While the ending does seem abrupt and a little too easy, it still makes sense. For the audience, it works. The message here is a good one and not too difficult to understand. The illustrations are quite cute, too.

Overall, this is a nice little book about the way a bad mood can ruin our day, as well as everyone else's. But only if we let it.

Thank you to NetGalley and NorthSouth Books for providing a digital ARC.

Premise: 4/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 4/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.83 out of 5

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