Sunday, 11 August 2013

Olive and the Bad Mood by Tor Freeman (Children's, Picture book, 9/10)

 June 2013, Templar, 32 pages, Paperback, Review copy

Themes: tripping over, having an Eeyore day, having a metaphorical storm cloud hanging over you, being horrid to friends, rudeness, not caring about others, not understanding the consequences of treating others badly,

Content: lots of smiles

Summary from Templar
Olive's bad mood is so bad… it's catching! Today is not a good day for Olive. She's lost a button from her dungarees, fallen flat on her nose and somebody has kicked a ball at her head! Olive is in a really bad mood. So she is mean to her friends and the big bad mood spreads. But when a trip to the sweet shop cheers Olive up, she can't understand why all of her friends are so grumpy . . .

Nayuleska's thoughts 
This is a perfect way of showing how being in a bad mood can affect your relationship with others. The storm cloud above Olive's head which sometimes had lightning ended up above her friend's heads: it was a great mood indicator. Their facial expressions as well as their posture also enhances their mood which made me laugh on almost every page. A must read for anyone who is difficult to be withwhen they are in a bad mood - just like Olive!

You can find out more on Tor's website.

Suggested read
Someone else who isn't a happy rhino is Archie in No! by Tracey Corderoy & Tim Warnes (Children's, Picture book, 10/10E) 

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