Sunday, March 12, 2017

Harpercollins Children's Book ARC Review: Good Morning, Grizzle Grump (Aaron Blecha)

Good Morning, Grizzle Grump
Author: Aaron Blecha
Hardcover, 32 pages
Expected Publication: April 18th 2017

Publisher: HarperCollins

Winter is over! Spring has sprung! Grizzle Grump has just woken up from his long winter slumber. His big bear belly is quite rumbly. So he sets off with his trusty squirrel sidekick in search of a springtime snack.
He gathers berries, but they go missing.
He catches fish, but they disappear.
Grizzle Grump finally finds his food…along with another big surprise!
In this follow-up to Goodnight, Grizzle Grump!, Aaron Blecha presents another lively read-aloud tale with heart and humor.

AARON BLECHA is an artist and author who designs funny characters, and illustrates humorous books, including the popular George Brown, Class Clown and Shark School series.
Blecha's first book as author and illustrator, Goodnight, Grizzle Grump! was recently published by HarperCollins Childrens.
In addition to illustrating children’s books (Penguin, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster), he works as a character designer in TV development (Disney, Curious Pictures, eOne Family).
Aaron was born and raised (by giant squid) in Green Bay, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1997. After leaving school and bouncing around to Chicago, then Copenhagen- he landed in California. In San Francisco, Blecha worked as an animator and character designer in the animation and toy industries. He moved to London in 2007 and has been freelancing ever since. Today he lives with his family in Brighton & Hove, on the south coast of England.

"All the animals of the forest have awoken from their
 winter slumber and are joyfully welcoming spring. 
All the animals, except for one....."

Good Morning Grizzly Grump is an colorful and beautifully illustrated children's book that tells the story of Grizzly Grump as he wakes up from his hibernation and is extremely hungry. All of the other animals in the book and happy and smiling and Grizzly Grump is very unhappy because he just wants to eat and each time he comes across some food the  other animals take it from him and run off giggling. Little does Grizzly Grump know....but all the animals of the forest have a secret plan in the works and its all for Grizzly Grump.

I loved everything about this book from the smiling, colorful animals to the mystery behind the disappearing food. :) 

I love how the Grizzly Grump's story shows kids how to treat other people and shows kindness being shown between friends. All of Grizzly Grumps friends knew that he would be hungry when he woke up so they all got together to make him a huge surprise meal to show him how much they care about him. 

Children of all ages will learn friendship and gratitude from this story. 

One of my favorite parts about this entire book is the colorful map in the front of the book that outlines Grizzly Grump and his friends world and where each of the animals in the story live. 

Grizzly Grump's stories are entertaining and the characters are funny and intriguing and will keep a child's attention till the very last page. 

* Critical Praise *

“maintains the brightly colored, crisp look of the first book, with a wonderfully detailed pictorial map depicting the biomes of Grizzle’s the first, a natural for readingaloud.” — Booklist

“The cartoon-style illustrations in colored pencil have an immediate appeal...the brief text is well-paced and punchy, with lots of motion and comical details...Grizzle Grump and his odd squirrel friend are an unlikely but endearing pair.” — Kirkus Reviews


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