Hemingway, Edward Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus Clarion (Houghton Mifflin), 2016. $16.99. PICTURE BOOK
Presented as a field guide to the Grumpasaurus creature, its sort of information being told to a cat, who encounters the creature. The guide explains the characteristics of the Grumpasaurus , why it is the way it is, and what to watch out for. The poor cat gets the brunt end of the grumpiness. Finally the reader learns how to cure it, give it a gift.
Not exactly my idea of how to calm a grumpy child, reward them with a gift. I liked the format and the illustrations, but I am also not quite sure who the intended audience is. Most children old enough to get the humor or read it on their own, would be past the temper tantrum faze, while those children young enough to act this way, and have this story read to them, might have trouble understanding the story.
PRE-K, EL(K-3) – NO. Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.