Grumpy Duck by Joyce Dunbar, illustrated by Petr Horacek. PICTURE BOOK. Candlewick Press, 2018. $17. 9781536204247.
BUYING ADVISORY: Pre-K, EL(K-3) - ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
Duck is in a bad mood because her pond is dried up so she can't play like she wants to. Each of the other animals she encounters offers to play, but Duck turns them all down and in the process spreads her bad mood. Eventually everyone is so grumpy a giant dark rain cloud is hanging over everyone's heads. But when the rain cloud finally breaks and pours down a cheery rain, all the animals find a way to have fun and the grumpy mood is finally gone.
I appreciated the message of this story that one grumpy mood can quickly affect a lot of other people in the negative. However, I would have preferred a different ending that actually required the animals themselves to find a way to be cheerful rather than an outside influence literally changing the situation. Still, this is a fun book that could be used to help kids in their social interactions. I also think I'm just a bit of a sucker for a book starring a duck.