Colorful. Rich. Bright. Cute. Beautiful. Magnificent. Resplendent. Fun. Humorous. Clever. Outstanding — and a whole slew of other similar adjectives that I could find in Roget’s Thesaurus if I weren’t so lazy . . .
All of these words describe the wonderful book Maya Was Grumpy.
Courtney Pippin-Mathur wrote and illustrated this delightful book. So talented! Her watercolor pictures are a kaleidoscope of swirling color. The details in the book are charming. Pay close attention to the teeth in this book . . . especially the spiders’ teeth — and to Grandma’s bug-out eyes. (For some reason, Grandma’s eyes tickle my funny bone . . . )
Spoiler alert. You’re gonna find out how this book ends. If that gives you a conniption fit, then scroll past everything down to where you can post a comment to enter this giveaway.
Maya woke up grumpy.
She didn’t know why she was grumpy. (I love how the author described Maya’s grumpiness as ‘crispy, cranky.’ Isn’t that wonderful writing?)
Notice that as she grumps around the house, Maya’s hair gets just as out of control as she is. When she clumped into the kitchen, Grandma observed, “Feeling a bit grumpy today?”
Whoa! Look at that hair!
Grandma went on to say that because Maya was grumpy she couldn’t hunt for hippos, put her head in a crocodile’s mouth, bathe baby elephants, tickle tarantulas, slide down a giraffe’s neck, or swing with some monkeys.
As Grandma mentioned all of these preposterous activities, Maya’s attitude started to soften until a bubbly giggle escaped her lips and Maya hugged Grandma.
Huzzah! Grandma had coaxed Maya out of her grumpy mood. She fixed Maya’s hair (that is now miraculously back to normal — and adorably curly), packed a snack, and they headed out to the park where they found those hippos, crocodiles, elephants, tarantulas, giraffes, and monkeys.
Can you find them in this picture?
And, you know, in the event that one of your grandchildren is ever grumpy (but I’m SURE that would never happen because your grandchildren are absolutely positively perfect, right?) you could use this book to help your grandchild get rid of the grumpies.
Two thumbs up, to the author/illustrator!!
Now. For the giveaway.
Post a comment and share something that you have done when a grandchild was grumpy. If you haven’t done anything in particular, still leave a comment. You could tell me your shoe size, the name of your first pet, or your favorite color. Whatever. Just leave a comment so that you will be entered to win this delightful book.
This giveaway will go until midnight on March 27. I will announce the winner on March 28.
On your mark, get set, COMMENT!