What Are You So Grumpy About? and What’s With This Room?

After reviewing Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld this week, I decided to share  some of his other treasures.  

What Are You So Grumpy About?  is written and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld for children 4-8 years.  Lichtenheld has hit another home run with kids with his bold, detailed and outrageous illustrations.  I have only one word for this book, hilarious!   You only need to read this book once, for kids to get its message.  It will be a favorite for a long time.

There are many reasons for feeling grumpy, and this book is packed with them.   For instance, getting up on the wrong side of the bed and stepping on a pointy toy, someone leaving the toilet seat up, eating grown-up cereal and weird food, too many chores, receiving underpants for your birthday, getting cooties when your sibling touches you, picking up your room, and visiting the most boring museums with your dad.

Lichtenheld cleverly understands what triggers a kid to feel grumpy.  But, he also knows the secret remedy for a grumpy kid.  LAUGHTER!  You can’t be grumpy if you are laughing.  A great book that explores moods.

What’s With This Room? is another funny and engaging book written in verse and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld.  The illustrations are very detailed, bold and lively.  If your child has a messy room, this book certainly is a must read!  But beware, the mess is so bad you can almost smell it — another sign of  winning book.  Kids will spend time just looking at every detail on each double-page spread and laugh out loud.  The story’s point about cleanliness is clear.

Mom enters her son’s room with hands on her hips and demands to know “what’s with this room and all its clutter and filth?”  So begins the lengthy tug-of war conversation between a mother and her son:  from the piles of clothes,  the moldy food, the stinky runaway shoes, to the smelly monster under the bed that ate a stinky sock and died, and a closet filled with vermin and varmints.  Both Mom and Dad demand to know how his room got in this state of disarray?  And, for every complaint the child has a clever response.  I won’t share the son’s answers or give away the ending, because it is too humorous.   This is a great read for both kids with their parents.