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A grumpy cloud upsets his friend Sunny and must make amends.


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A grumpy cloud upsets his friend Sunny and must make amends.

30 review for I'm Grumpy

  1. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: This is Grumpy Cloud. Why are you so grumpy? Premise/plot: Grumpy Cloud is grumpy. There are reasons, but, not reasons that cheery people like Sunny can understand. Sunny tries--and fails--to cheer up Grumpy. The harder Sunny tries to make Grumpy happy, the angrier Grumpy gets. The result? Thunder. Will Grumpy and Sunny make up after their fight? My thoughts: I liked it. It was easy to relate to Grumpy's bad day. I can understand why Sunny's good intentions ended up failing. First sentence: This is Grumpy Cloud. Why are you so grumpy? Premise/plot: Grumpy Cloud is grumpy. There are reasons, but, not reasons that cheery people like Sunny can understand. Sunny tries--and fails--to cheer up Grumpy. The harder Sunny tries to make Grumpy happy, the angrier Grumpy gets. The result? Thunder. Will Grumpy and Sunny make up after their fight? My thoughts: I liked it. It was easy to relate to Grumpy's bad day. I can understand why Sunny's good intentions ended up failing. Sometimes the best thing you can do for a grumpy person is to give them space--plenty of space. That being said, Grumpy does a very nice thing to try to make it up to Sunny. This is one in a series of four books called My First Comics. I'd recommend the whole series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Arca

    3.5 Im a Holm fan. I also love the concept of early reader comics. From a literacy perspective/ as a graphic novel lover, this makes soo much sense to me. I like that this one focused on feelings, and saying sorry and forgiving- even in its super simple format. Never too early to feel the feels and understand how they pass. 3.5 I’m a Holm fan. I also love the concept of early reader comics. From a literacy perspective/ as a graphic novel lover, this makes soo much sense to me. I like that this one focused on feelings, and saying sorry and forgiving- even in its super simple format. Never too early to feel the feels and understand how they pass.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chinook

    Handy for trying to get Kait to learn the angry/grumpy emotions in herself, but Abby advanced for her in terms of making up the story of the panels herself.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Benji Martin

    If Jenn and Holm wrote and illustrated a phone book, I would read that phone book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Becky B

    Cloud has had a bad day and is grumpy. Sunny tries to cheer him up, but Cloud instead ends up hurting Sunny's feelings. Can Cloud make things right? This is a board book featuring panels and speech bubbles to introduce little ones to the flow and features of graphic novels. It's a simple story but it is pretty cute, and features a lot more plot than normal in a board book. The issues are also very relatable. Even littles have had grumpy days and may have hurt others feelings, so it opens up a Cloud has had a bad day and is grumpy. Sunny tries to cheer him up, but Cloud instead ends up hurting Sunny's feelings. Can Cloud make things right? This is a board book featuring panels and speech bubbles to introduce little ones to the flow and features of graphic novels. It's a simple story but it is pretty cute, and features a lot more plot than normal in a board book. The issues are also very relatable. Even littles have had grumpy days and may have hurt others feelings, so it opens up a good opportunity to talk about how to deal with these feelings without hurting others and what to do when you have hurt someone else's feelings.

  6. 4 out of 5

    BreAnna Hutchinson

    This book came at a very opportune time for us. It has given my two year old a way to express his frustration and mood. Every once in a while now he will say, "I'm grumpy!" then two seconds later will run to find the book to read. And sometimes we just have to say "KABOOM!" to identify that the noise going on is a grumpy tantrum - whether that's from the toddler or the adults. Really cute illustrations and a message we can all relate to.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I really thought I would like this book especially when I found out that it's done in a comic strip format, but I didn't really like it. The colors and illustrations are vibrant, but the story could have been better. I felt like it ended abruptly. The beginning was off to a great start and then it went downhill story wise.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eva_Amaré

    Being grumpy is an emotion according to mama. She went on and on about feelings, but I blacked out after a while, because this was not the most fun book to read and not sure how I feel about this comic business. At least there were some loud sound effects. ⛅⚡🌞

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peacegal

    This is a very simple sequential story starring a grouchy rain cloud.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This little board book was a hit at the market.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Miss Erica

    I have learned I really love Jennifer L Holm's books. My First Comics uses comics to talk about emotions. In this book the cloud is grumpy. Learn how he comes out of it. Cute!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Austin Gullett

    Generally speaking, the comics format is very intuitive; but I really like the idea of introducing it as a concept and as a specific reading skill.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I have learned I really love Jennifer L Holm's books. My First Comics uses comics to talk about emotions. In this book the cloud is grumpy. Learn how he comes out of it. Cute!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    The story is probably more enjoyable if not read aloud. Although I like the general premise of acknowledging grumpy feelings, I just wasn't a huge fan of the execution.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I guess the main thing is that he made it up to his friend in the end.

  16. 4 out of 5

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  17. 5 out of 5

    Eme87

    Delightful and so true of what many of us are when we are grumpy! Also awesome that it is a first comic!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Celeste_pewter

    I'm starting with I'm Grumpy, because I think it's wonderful that Jennifer and Matthew have created a duology that focuses on understanding your emotions. Cloud begins the book grumpy, and Jennifer and Matthew do a nice job of explaining just how Cloud got to this point - using beautiful, complex illustrations, especially for a board book. Though Cloud doesn't apologize for feeling grumpy, Cloud does learn how to interact with others who may not feel so grumpy. With vibrant illustrations and I'm starting with I'm Grumpy, because I think it's wonderful that Jennifer and Matthew have created a duology that focuses on understanding your emotions. Cloud begins the book grumpy, and Jennifer and Matthew do a nice job of explaining just how Cloud got to this point - using beautiful, complex illustrations, especially for a board book. Though Cloud doesn't apologize for feeling grumpy, Cloud does learn how to interact with others who may not feel so grumpy. With vibrant illustrations and short sentences, this is a charming book that's perfect for the burgeoning young reader.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    These unique board books offer a developmentally appropriate introduction to comics for babies and toddlers, from the sibling creators of Babymouse and Squish. The straightforward storylines focus on managing emotions, and are told with simple color palettes and traditional comics elements such as panels, word balloons and sound effects. The bold, exaggerated art supports the words, and reinforces the information literacy skill of reading pictures to follow the stories.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kate Puleo Unger

    Board book, ages 0-2 Rain cloud is grumpy because he's dropped his ice cream off the cone. Sunny the sun tries to cheer him up, but it only makes him grumpy. But when he goes, "Kaboom," and scares Sunny away, he feels even worse. He gives her a flower to say he's sorry, and then they both feel better. Written as a comic book, this book is a cute introduction to that style of writing. http://www.momsradius.com/2016/11/cyb...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    I read so many kids' books a day, I usually don't put them on here, but I had to for this one - it is brilliant in capturing the complexity of little kids' grumpy feelings, the guilt that results when they hurt a friend's feelings because of it, and the sweet shy reconciliation that usually comes after. Such a real-to-kid-life book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    I'm not a huge graphic novel fan so this version of a board book graphic novel didn't really appeal to me but a cute story of a grumpy cloud and the sun that tries to cheer him up a cut friendship ending but I'm not sure younger kids will get it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Another book I read to my friend's daughter. I thought this one was super cute! I enjoyed the tale of the sun trying to cheer up the grumpy cloud and then the role reversal once feelings were hurt, awww. The illustrations were cute too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mariela Carmenaty

    The book teaches children about emotions. The illustrations look pencil drawn but are full of color. A very simple book with easy vocabulary, and humor. This book will teach children how their emotions can impact those around them.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jillian Heise

    Start teaching the little ones how to read comics, and build their literacy skills even more, An adorable story, and a fabulous board book graphic novel. This one is going NY "baby shower gift books" list. And I think it should be in every kindergarten classroom.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ruby

    I enjoyed the bold art and panels.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance

    Cybils nominee for best board book. More later.

  28. 4 out of 5

    kim

    cute, but not a very good read aloud for the board-book aged crowd

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Ford

    Rarely, does a book encapsulate what I'm feeling so accurately.

  30. 4 out of 5

    David H.

    We read this from the library. This was too advanced for my son at the time (he was more infant, less toddler I think).

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