Good Morning Grumple

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Good Morning Grumple

By Victoria Allenby
Illustrated by Manon Gauthier
Picture Book Ages 1-3
ISBN: 978-1-77278-014-7
List Price: $15.95 CAD / $14.95 USD
Hardcover with padded cover, extra heavy interior paper, rounded corners & reinforced trade binding
Trim Size: 21.59 x 21.59 cm / 8.5 x 8.5 in
Pages: 24

Publication Date: April 23, 2017

Distributed in the U.S. by Ingram Publisher Services

A fresh, funny picture book that will inspire happy mornings from grumpy children

Not every child greets the new day with enthusiasm. Those who don’t are called Grumples, and they must be dealt with carefully. Sing very softly, tickle one pinky toe, kiss the scrunched-up forehead. And then a big hug and a singing rhyme to see in the day. Even Grumples cannot resist.

There are many going-to-bed books, but Good Morning, Grumple is a unique look at the celebration of morning. Manon Gauthier’s endearing collage illustrations capture the love between a mother and child, even in cranky moments. Parents will find Victoria Allenby’s droll story in verse to be a perfect accompaniment to the beginning of the day, and a gentle way to turn their own Grumples into children again.

“Gauthier’s mixed-media and paper collage illustrations are quiet in tone, emphasizing that this is one fox who just wants to sleep. Tinges of taupe, cream, brown, and heather gray are shaded across the pages. The small size, soft padded cover, and sturdy card stock pages make this suitable for lap sharing. VERDICT Consider for medium to large picture book collections that serve a heavy toddler and preschool population.”—School Library Journal

“This padded storybook with sturdy cardstock pages follows a mother’s persistent efforts to get her sleepy ‘grumple’ out of bed in the morning. Allenby’s intermittently rhyming text traces the mother’s escalating actions, which involve singing ever-louder…Gauthier’s naif collages sweetly emphasize the warmth between parent and child (they resemble a cross between a panda and a squirrel), even when the little one’s eyes are squeezed tight in a desperate attempt to hang onto sleep a little longer.”—Publishers Weekly

“This book is a delightful invitation to celebrate waking-up routines….My kids most often wake up happy, but on the rare days when they don’t, I’ve coaxed smiles from them each time I’ve read them this title!”­—Raising Mom