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  • Winner, OLA Blue Spruce Award, 2007
  • Short-listed, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2008
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 2008
  • Short-listed, Shining Willow Award (Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice), 2008
  • Short-listed, Early Years Niagara Literary Award, 2007
  • Commended, Today's Parent, 100 BEST Canadian kids' books of all time, 2015
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2008
  • Commended, White Ravens Selection (International Youth Library), 2008
  • Commended, Los Angeles Times Favourite Books, 2007
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets, 2007
  • Commended, Toronto Public Library First & Best Booklist, 2007

Grumpy Bird Canadian Title

By Jeremy Tankard   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9780545990219 Board book
30 Pages | 6.77" x 6.74" | Ages 0 to 3

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9781338153569 Ebook
32 Pages | Ages 0 to 3

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780439851473 Hardcover
32 Pages | 10.25" x 10.28" | Ages 3 to 5

Your favourite story about waking up on the wrong side of the...nest.

Bird wakes up grumpy. Too grumpy to eat, playor even fly. "Looks like I'm walking today," says Bird grumpily. All of this grumpy walking piques the interest of his friends and soon Sheep, Rabbit, Raccoon, Beaver, and Fox are walking alongside him. Somewhere along the way Bird realizes that his friends are still there, but his mood is gone, proving that sometimes grumpy needs company!

This bright book can be read again and again to help kids (and grown-ups) giggle away their darkest moods.

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Praise for Grumpy Bird:

  • Nominee, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, 2008
  • Nominee, CBA Libris Award, Children's Illustrator of the Year, 2008
  • Shortlist, The Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 2008
  • Nominee, Shining Willow Award, 2007
  • OLA Best Bets, 2007
  • CBC Sounds Like Canada Children's Book Panel Selection
  • Nominee, Blue Spruce Award, 2007
  • Toronto Public Library "First & Best" booklist
  • Los Angeles Times Favorite Books of 2007
  • Nominee, Early Years NIagara Literary Award

"Jeremy Tankard's deceptively simple tale is a useful tonic for mood kids and their parents but the best thing about it is the comic perfection of Bird's face as he marches along in a fury." The Wall Street Journal