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Maya Was Grumpy
By Courtney Pippin-Mathur

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Maya Was Grumpy
Written & Illustrated by Courtney Pippin-Mathur
Flashlight Press, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-9362611-3-0
Genre: Children's Picture Book

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - June 10, 2013

Written and illustrated by Courtney Pippin-Mathur, Maya Was Grumpy is a children's picture book that is ideal for children up to about age eight. The story follows Maya from the time she wakes up to discover that she is in a grumpy mood. She doesn't know why she is grumpy, but she definitely knows that she is indeed feeling extremely grumpy. So grumpy in fact that she doesn't want to do any of the things she normally enjoys such as reading or playing outside. As the story unfolds, Maya's grandmother wittily helps her to overcome her grumpiness until Maya starts to feel like her old self once again.

This is a delightful story that adults will enjoy reading to pre-readers, and which new readers will enjoy deciphering the host of 'g' words that grace the text, including grouchy, grumped, glumped, growled, grouched, grumbled, giggle, gramma, giraffe, and of course, grumpy. In addition, pre-readers will enjoy seeing how the colorful illustrations depict Maya's grumpy mood - especially via the size of her hair. The grumpy Maya feels, the larger and untamed her hair appears. Once Maya loses her grumpy mood, her hair is at last brought under control.

Maya Was Grumpy is an enjoyable book to read, and can be easily used as a jumping off point for conversations with youngsters about moods and how they impact not only themselves, but also those around them. It is also a good book to help teach children how to help themselves work through their own bad moods, either on their own or with help. In this book, Maya is helped out of her grumpy mood by her grandmother's wild and silly suggestions that make Maya imagine what it might be like to tickle a tarantula or whether or not it would be fun to give a bunch of baby elephants a bath.

Great all around fun, Maya Was Grumpy is perfect for bedtime readings or for reading on a rainy afternoon. So turn that frown upside down by reading Maya Was Grumpy! Best of all, for those who need or desire a large print text, Maya Was Grumpy is printed in an extra-large point font (about 20 point) that is easy on the eyes.

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