Grump

Grump

by Janet S. Wong, John Wallace
     
 

Baby loves to make gravy out of applesauce and ketchup and, when it's just right -- not too lumpy, not too bumpy -- suddenly, DUMP! It goes on Baby's head. Will Baby take a nap now? Mommy puts Baby gently into the crib. But when Mommy starts to tiptoe out, Baby cries and whimpers, cries and whimpers. So Mommy reads to Baby -- and reads and reads until...guess what!… See more details below

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Baby loves to make gravy out of applesauce and ketchup and, when it's just right -- not too lumpy, not too bumpy -- suddenly, DUMP! It goes on Baby's head. Will Baby take a nap now? Mommy puts Baby gently into the crib. But when Mommy starts to tiptoe out, Baby cries and whimpers, cries and whimpers. So Mommy reads to Baby -- and reads and reads until...guess what!

The surprise ending of this beguiling picture book will delight the very young -- and their tired but loving mothers. Janet Wong, a well-known poet, reflects on not only her own but every mother's experience in her rollicking rhyme. The bright watercolors of John Wallace, an English artist whose work is published both in the United Kingdom and the United States, complement the text to perfection.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mommy has reached the end of her rope. She's "tired and frumpy/ Grouchy chumpy/ Oh, what a grump!" But Baby, of course, is just getting started, happily "making gravy/ Applesauce and ketchup gravy" and dumping it on his head and the floor. Exhausted Mommy declares naptime--but Baby won't cooperate, at least not until Mommy herself drops off to sleep while reading Baby a book. This slice-of-life book should strike a chord with frazzled mothers of toddlers, especially the implacable expression of Wallace's (Tiny Rabbit) Baby and Wong's (Night Garden) repetition of the line "Baby's going to take a nap now" three times in a row, as if saying it would only make it so. Toddlers may be too wrapped up in themselves to be charmed by the parental sense of irony that informs the book, but Wallace's delicate watercolor vignettes with their sunny translucency keep the mood upbeat. Ages 2-5. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
The grump here is a tired Mommy, "grouchy, chumpy," cleaning up while Happy Baby messes away, but of course won't take his nap. So Mommy reads until "Fast asleep in her big chair/ Mommy's fast asleep/ already?" Baby, "Smart, good baby," finally ends up asleep in her lap, "No more GRUMP." Peace at last. Wallace's light-hearted vignettes leave out all but the most essential details of Baby's actions and Mommy's reactions. The drawing is sketchy; the washy watercolors are applied almost casually. The very young should recognize themselves in this classic tale, while moms and dads will find it all too familiar. 2001, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, $16.00. Ages 2 to 5. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-A poetic yet accessible text blends with appealing watercolor paintings to tell the tale of a bright-eyed baby and his exhausted parent. Poor Mommy is "Tired and frumpy/Grouchy chumpy/Oh, what a grump!" Baby, however, is busy "Making gravy/Applesauce and ketchup gravy" and then dumping it over his head. As his disgruntled mother scrubs the floor on hands and knees ("Sponging all the spots away/Wash and wash and wash/All day"), the child rides on her back and smiles. Finally, it's time for Baby's nap, but just as the mother is about to tiptoe out of the room, he starts to cry. The two sit together in a chair to share some stories, and before long, Mom is fast asleep. Quietly, the youngster settles more comfortably in her lap and closes his eyes. Filled with rhythm, repetition, and simple wordplay, Wong's language is inviting and fun to read aloud. The illustrations consist of a series of vignettes that depict the interaction between mother and son set against plain white backgrounds. The bright colors and clean lines will capture the attention of young listeners. Recommend this along with Amy Schwartz's Some Babies (Orchard, 2000) to tired parents who would like to share a laugh with their little ones.-Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A weary mom and her tireless tot are the subject of Wong's (This Next New Year, 2000, etc.) humorous and poignant tale. The scenario is familiar: a mom, tired and slightly crabby, eagerly awaits baby's naptime. However, her energetic infant has other ideas. Lunch becomes a science experiment as baby mixes this and that, eventually deciding to wear the concoction rather than eat it. After an exasperated Mom cleans up, she marches baby upstairs for a nap. Naturally, just as mother reaches the nursery door, baby awakens. The conclusion is predictable—at least for sleep-deprived parents—and the mother falls asleep reading baby a story while baby remains cheerfully awake ... until snuggling up on her lap for a comfy snooze. Wong hits upon a universal truth of motherhood: as mom's energy wanes, baby's waxes accordingly. Her short, gently repetitive verses neatly capture the swinging moods between infant and parent. Although young children are unlikely to catch the wry humor, beleaguered mommies may appreciate the jests. Wong's imagery has high giggle appeal for gleeful tots, making the poetry accessible for the littlest listener:"Mommy's stomping / Jumping, chomping / Long arms dragging like a chimp." Wallace's watercolors adroitly capture the nuances of the story, depicting both the increasingly frenzied dismay of mom as well as the sweeter, more sentimental moments. An enjoyable romp for little ones and a compassionate reassurance for their exhausted parents. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689834851
Publisher:
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication date:
03/01/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 10.32(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

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