The Bad Mood!

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Badger got up one morning feeling very grumpy. "Humph!" Badger said to himself. What was the point of being in a bad mood if nobody noticed? he thought. So Badger headed out, slamming the door behind him. Badger spreads his bad mood far and wide, greeting all his friends with angry, rude remarks that put them in bad moods, too. A comical, cautionary tale for anyone who has ever gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.

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Overview

Badger got up one morning feeling very grumpy. "Humph!" Badger said to himself. What was the point of being in a bad mood if nobody noticed? he thought. So Badger headed out, slamming the door behind him. Badger spreads his bad mood far and wide, greeting all his friends with angry, rude remarks that put them in bad moods, too. A comical, cautionary tale for anyone who has ever gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The 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.
—Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-When Badger wakes up in a bad mood, he decides that everyone should know how miserable he feels. By the time he's finished his morning walk, all of the forest animals have been treated so rudely that they are in equally foul moods and annoyed with him. By this time, his mood has changed, but the others refuse to speak to him. Blackbird comes to visit, listens sympathetically to Badger's problem, and together they come up with a solution. This rather simplistic tale lacks any texture or depth and relates a fairly obvious message. These animals inhabit a forest dominated by an aqua palette and a clean horizon, dotted here and there by an occasional tree; it's a landscape as spare as the tale. Badger bears an amazing physical resemblance to the protagonist of Hiawyn Oram's Badger's Bad Mood (Scholastic, 1998), but Oram's tale has all of the texture and charm that this story lacks.-Jane Marino, Bronxville Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735820357
  • Publisher: Northsouth
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 251,622
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.32 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Moritz Petz was born in Munich, Germany. Upon completion of his studies, he traveled through Italy, Denmark, and Sweden, working at various jobs along the way. His interests include street and puppet theater, chess, music, and writing. He now lives in sou

Amelie Jackowski was born in Toulon, France. She studied illustration at the Ecole des Artes Decoratifs in Strasbourg and at the Aix-en-Provence University. Her work has been exhibited at numerous group shows, including the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy.

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