Henn, Sophy Pom Pom Gets the Grumps Philomel Books, 2015 (Penguin). $16.99 PICTURE BOOK Content: G.
Pom Pom Panda wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and walks around all day harrumphing at everyone. He offends all of his friends and tells them to leave him alone, but then he decides he doesn’t like to be left alone. He apologizes and his friends let him play tag with them, but when he gets tagged he grumps again.
The illustrations in this book are adorable—the little panda is cute in his grumpy glory. The story line is off putting because Pom Pom doesn’t really learn the lesson. As soon as his friends accept his apology he is back to his grumpy ways.
EL (K-3)-OPTIONAL. Reviewer, C. Peterson.