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March 2019 Juvenile Fiction

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The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon
By (author): Matthew Burgess Illustrated by: Fiona Woodcock
9780399556623 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 4 - 8, Grade (US) from P - 3 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories Mar 12, 2019
$23.99 CAD
Active 8.88 x 10.31 x 0.35 in 32 pages Random House Children's Books Knopf Books for Young Readers
“For any kid or parent that’s having a bit of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, this book is an instant pick me up. Great for siblings, too!”—Red Tricycle

“After reading aloud, listeners might discover their own ways to unbudge curmudgeons.”—Publishers Weekly

“Playful language and a subtly rhyming text create an enjoyable read-aloud about frustrations and bad moods.”—Booklist

What do you do with a curmudgeon that just won’t budge? Why, shake off the grumpy ’tude and embrace the fun!


Have you ever seen a curmudgeon that looks like your brother, but is in such a bad mood you hardly recognize him? You can try all the peanut butter sandwiches and brownies you have, but he is not moving.

Nothing works, especially nudging, and he just makes you so grumpy that eventually you have no choice but to fight back—and then…

Have you ever become a curmudgeon that just won’t budge?

Matthew Burgess’s playful depiction of bad moods and sibling rivalry is matched perfectly by Fiona Woodcock’s unique childlike art style.

HILARIOUS AND KID FRIENDLY: This is perfect for turning a sour mood around, and sure to leave even the grumpiest of readers smiling (and maybe even dancing).

SIBLING RIVALRY: This book can help kids navigate the ups and downs of a sibling relationship.

HAND TO FANS of Crankenstein, My Teacher is a Monster and I Don’t Want to Be a Frog.

INVITING READ ALOUD: Full of tongue-twisty sentences that will delight kids and adult readers alike. Matthew Burgess is a poet with a real knack for the rhythm of picture books.

PERFECT ILLUSTATIONS: Fiona Woodcock has a unique style that brings an adorable layer to the text and elevates the entire story.

Matthew Burgess is the author of Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo. He has been a poet-in-residence in New York City elementary schools through the Teachers & Writers Collaborative since 2001, and he is currently completing his PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center. His work has appeared in various magazines and journals, and he recently received an award from the Fund for Poetry. He teaches creative writing and composition at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow him on Twitter at @MatthewBurgess.

Fiona Woodcock attended the Glasgow School of Art and, since her graduation, has been working freelance on animated films, commercials, and illustration assignments. Fiona likes to draw with children’s blow pens, and experiments with cutting stencils and printing techniques. She finds this playful approach inspires fresh ways to visualize ideas. Her previous books include Hiding Heidi, Poppy and the Blooms, and Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell & Dandy. She lives in London. See more of her work at fionawoodcock.com.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, NY

Fiona Woodcock attended the Glasgow School of Art and, since her graduation, has been working freelance on animated films, commercials, and illustration assignments. Fiona likes to draw with children's blow pens, and experiments with cutting stencils and printing techniques. She finds this playful approach inspires fresh ways to visualize ideas. Her previous books include Hiding Heidi, Poppy and the Blooms, and Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell & Dandy. She lives in London. See more of her work at fionawoodcock.com.

Illustrator Residence: London, England

Author Website: www.fionawoodcock.com

Author Social Media: Twitter @MatthewBurgess , Twitter and Instagram @fionawoodcock

Playful and charming…[A] perfect introduction to an advanced emotional concept emotional concept and bonus vocabulary word.” —School Library Journal Online

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