Grumpy Gloria

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Gloria was glum and grumpy

Out of sorts.

Sad and lumpy.

A brand-new doll?

It's time to pout!

Gloria felt so left out.

Poor Gloria the bulldog thinks she has lost her best friend when the little girl who owns her receives a doll as a birthday present. Suddenly the girl Gloria does everything with now does ...

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Gloria was glum and grumpy

Out of sorts.

Sad and lumpy.

A brand-new doll?

It's time to pout!

Gloria felt so left out.

Poor Gloria the bulldog thinks she has lost her best friend when the little girl who owns her receives a doll as a birthday present. Suddenly the girl Gloria does everything with now does everything with her new doll! But Gloria can't exactly tell anyone why she's upset, so the girl's brother and sister figure that Gloria just needs some cheering up. Maybe a bath? Or a game of dress-up? Or a bike ride? Things go from silly to hysterical, but in the end Gloria is happily reunited with her best friend.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With a delightfully fresh take on the time-proven theme about a family member who feels displaced by a new arrival, Dewdney (Llama, Llama Red Pajama) features a jowly bulldog named Gloria. When the youngest child receives a new doll for her birthday, Gloria is definitely "glum and grumpy./ Out of sorts./ Sad and lumpy." The two older siblings do everything they can to cajole her (while the youngest plays with her doll). They give her a chew, new toys and a brushing, take her for a walk and dress her up in play clothes, but "sullen, scowly, sulky, slumpy.../ Gloria was staying grumpy." Dewdney portrays Gloria's hilariously tragic emotions with lan. The dog's brows are furrowed, her nose is wrinkled, and her jaw is rigid, but her indignation and crabbiness never make her less lovable. Readers will figure out the cause before the pair of siblings does; and when Gloria gets bumped from a bicycle basket into the doll's baby buggy, her mood substantially improves. The humor of the book comes through not only in Gloria's facial expressions but also in the lilting descriptions of her feelings. Cleverly, the front endpapers feature the two friends playing together, while the back endpapers add the new doll joining in the same games. The lively descriptions and amusing rhymes will make this a favorite for toddlers who feel left out. Ages 2-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Sylvia Firth
Gloria is a delightful family pet bulldog who is definitely unhappy at being displaced as the children's main attraction by the gift of a new doll for the smallest girl's birthday. In playful, rollicking verse and wonderfully expressive art work, Gloria's mood remains grouchy, petulant, and touchy. The children try everything they can think of....from a dog chewie to a bath to a jog. As the pictures perfectly convey, Gloria's scowls and pouts continue, especially when she is dressed up in a hat and long beads. The youngsters remain determined to find a solution. It comes very unexpectedly when Gloria ends up in the carriage with the new doll. Another added attraction are the endpapers. The front depicts just Gloria and the little girl greatly enjoying playing together while the back shows the same activities that now include the doll. This is a perfect read aloud book and is recommended.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-In this sweet story, a bulldog feels replaced when her young owner gets a doll for her birthday, and cannot be comforted by the other two children in the family. Unfortunately, the text is composed of singsong rhymes, mostly lists of single words rather than full sentences, which often seem awkward and do not scan well. Charming little vignettes on the endpapers show the canine and the little girl in happier times: Gloria pulls her in a wagon, watches intently as she blows bubbles, and looks content when she is being petted. Throughout the story, the pup's expressions exude attitude, but the siblings' faces seem a little static even as their body movements capture the action. In several places, the very tops of the children's heads are cut off, creating visuals that look as if the artist ran out of space. Large illustrations done in rich, bright colors are great for viewing at a distance, and the text, if read aloud, could be given expression. Preschoolers will laugh at Gloria's antics and undoubtedly sympathize with her feelings. However, while the author's Llama, Llama Red Pajama (Viking, 2005) is a surefire winner, this effort is an additional purchase.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A disgruntled bulldog provides fodder for a seriously funny tale from Dewdney. When a new doll replaces Gloria in a young friend's affections, a real sulk ensues. The other children soon attempt the Herculean task of bringing the petulant canine around. However, how to please a peevish pup becomes the question of the day. Tantalizing toys, bubble baths and invigorating jogs all fail to please Gloria. Dewdney wields her comic touch with consummate ease, using jaunty rhymes filled with wordplay to engage young readers. All ends well for the long-suffering Gloria, who is happily reunited with her friend by story's end. The vibrancy of the full-color illustrations serves to capture the reader's attention, while Gloria's woeful expressions are hilarious. Gloria has personality to spare, and her appealingly irascible demeanor earns her a place on the shelf alongside other favored pooches. Bound to be a read-aloud favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670061235
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 9/21/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 332,678
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD280L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.35 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna Dewdney
Anna Dewdney is the author/illustrator of Llama Llama Red Pajama and New York Times Bestseller and Book Sense Honor Book Llama Llama Mad at Mama. She lives in a very old house in Central Vermont, and is the mama of two away-at-school daughters and two stay-at-home dogs.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2010


    This book is FANTASTIC! It is my son's favorite! He is now a year old and it has been his favorite for months. He crawls over to get it... and makes us read it again and again. He laughs out loud at certain parts. It is so nice to see a child enjoy a book so much! Our friend's kids love it too. I highly recommend this! I am going to look for other books by this author!

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