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Children's LiteratureThe poor maligned Badger. With another bad mood book, children are going to believe badgers are perennially grumpy. In this sparse story, Badger wakes up one day in a bad mood. He considers staying home, but then decides, "What was the point of being in a bad mood if nobody noticed?" Badger heads out, door slamming, to spread his bad mood amongst his forest friends. His rude behavior on his morning walk spreads the bad mood to Raccoon, Deer, Mouse, Fox, Hare and Squirrel. After some therapeutic yard work Badger's bad mood has disappeared and he goes looking for his friends, only to find that now they are all in bad moods. His friend Blackbird helps him see that he has spread the bad mood around. Together they plan a party for all, where Badger apologizes to his friends for treating them badly. The ending is a little too pat; it is not a bad book, but not a great book either. What this book has that Badger's Bad Day lacks is the idea that your bad mood can impact others. Badger does finally come to realize that his friends will treat him the same way he treats them. Not a necessary purchase, but one to consider if your budget affords. 2004, North-South Books, Ages 5 to 10.