Big Rabbit's Bad Mood

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Big Rabbit has a mood. A bad mood. A mood with attitude. A big, disgusting mood that won't leave him alone. What's a rabbit to do?

He tries watching TV, but the bad mood is on every channel. He tries making a salad, but the bad mood is un-ignorable, lying on his sofa, eating chips and wiping his boogers on the rug. Whatever will make it go away?

The unusual portrayal of a bad mood as a creature that can't be banished will make kids giggle. ...

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Overview

Big Rabbit has a mood. A bad mood. A mood with attitude. A big, disgusting mood that won't leave him alone. What's a rabbit to do?

He tries watching TV, but the bad mood is on every channel. He tries making a salad, but the bad mood is un-ignorable, lying on his sofa, eating chips and wiping his boogers on the rug. Whatever will make it go away?

The unusual portrayal of a bad mood as a creature that can't be banished will make kids giggle. Combined with a silly sense of humor and a very real sense of what it's like to want to shake off a grumpy feeling, this book will resonate with readers of every mood.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

While Durand's illustrations of Big Rabbit's attempts to get rid of a bad mood will have readers giggling, the resolution of the conflict is disappointing. The expressive, orange rabbit is charming, despite his grumpiness, and his bad mood is portrayed as a furry, knuckle-dragging, gray creature who rides the vacuum cleaner, eats a radio, wipes his boogers on the carpet and "stuck to him like glue." When Big Rabbit's friends and even his mother don't answer his pleas for help, he finally hits on the idea of putting arrows on the floor to show the recalcitrant, toddleresque bad mood the way out. However, it's not until everyone surprises him with birthday presents that Big Rabbit's bad mood actually disappears ("Not a hair, not a booger, not a trace"). While the visual representation of an emotional metaphor is witty, children may find the bad mood's personification perplexing, and the misleading suggestion that a surprise birthday party is the best way to get rid of a bad mood undercuts the book's usefulness. Ages 2-6. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Children's Literature - Heather Christensen
"Big Rabbit had a mood"—a bad mood comically personified as a hairy long-armed monster that follows Rabbit wherever he goes. Rabbit attempts to shake the mood by calling his friend squirrel and his mother, both of whom are busy with other projects. Rabbit tries other activities, but the mood makes himself quite comfortable in Rabbit's home, lying on his couch, infiltrating the television, and even wiping his boogers on the floor. Rabbit is so busy trying to get rid of the mood, he does not hear the bell ring and is surprised to find his friends and family at the door with a cake—ready to celebrate Rabbit's forgotten birthday. Badescu's droll story will amuse youngsters who may have also encountered Rabbit's mood on occasion. Durand's googlie-eyed drawings are the true life of the party, bringing a sense of silly playfulness to a more serious topic. Observant readers can catch the mood in a number of naughty acts—eating Rabbit's plants and making all sorts of messes—but plenty of white space keeps the pages from getting too busy. Parents and children will both enjoy this entertaining title. Reviewer: Heather Christensen
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Big Rabbit has a nasty bad mood that is following him all over the house. He tries to rid himself of the uninvited guest by playing music, watching television, and calling Squirrel on the phone-all to no avail. That bad mood just won't go away. It even appears naked and wipes boogers on the carpet. As he is laying arrows on the floor to direct his nemesis out the front door, the doorbell rings. Big Rabbit opens it to find his friends and his mom, bringing presents and a cake made out of pancakes: it's his birthday. The unwelcome visitor, predictably, disappears and Big Rabbit wishes him good riddance. Badescu's text is crisp yet fun; her use of lists and a run-on sentence are particularly effective. However, it is Durand's art that is the star. Big Rabbit's deadpan expressions are hilarious, and the bad mood is portrayed as a gray hairy monster that eats Big Rabbit's cactus and makes a mess. The color palette is bold, but the illustrations are detailed and small. This unique perspective on an age-old theme would pair well with Mo Willems's My Friend Is Sad (Hyperion, 2007).-Laura Lutz, Queens Borough Public Library, NY

Kirkus Reviews
Originally published in France, this odd, humorous tale about a rabbit's bad mood will leave readers scratching their heads but giggling nevertheless. Big Rabbit, an adult, has a "bad mood," personified as a big, gray, hairy creature following him around. Big Rabbit tries to remove it by turning on the radio, watching television, even calling his mom. But the bad mood stays and makes its presence known by doing funny, at times inappropriate things like appearing naked on television and picking his nose. As a last resort, Big Rabbit decides to draw arrows on the floor in hopes of leading the bad mood to the door, when his friends burst in for his surprise birthday party and the bad mood finally disappears. Durand's simple, quirky images are at their best depicting the bad mood's antics, which they do with gusto. It would be nice if all bad moods could be cured this way, but it's too bad Big Rabbit couldn't have ultimately gotten rid of it himself. Great concept, but in practice somewhat strange, and the adult sensibility could be alienating. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811866668
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 3/25/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 804,598
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ramona Badescu was born in Romania and now lives in Marseille, France.

Delphine Durand is an illustrator for advertising, newspapers, and children's books. She lives in Paris and Marseille, France.

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  • Posted March 1, 2012

    absolutely cool book

    great art - all these funny animals, especially fat gloomy rabbit=) and also very touching story

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