Edward Hemingway

Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus

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Book FormatHardcover
AuthorEdward Hemingway
Publication DateJune, 2016
GenreJuvenile Fiction/Social Themes - Emotions & Feelings
<div> A laugh-out-loud field guide to the troublesome Grumpasaurus, a scaly and pouty (but cute) creature, prone to outrageous tantrums, who serves as a stand-in for a cranky child.&nbsp; </div>

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A laugh-out-loud field guide to the troublesome Grumpasaurus, a scaly and pouty (but cute) creature, prone to outrageous tantrums, who serves as a stand-in for a cranky child. 
Have you ever met a Grumpasaurus? I bet you have. In fact, you may even have one in your own home. Want to know what makes them tick? This handy guide, meticulously researched and lovingly illustrated, tells you everything you need to know. Above all they should be handled with care—otherwise they can become VERY loud and VERY fearsome. In this appealingly modern and clever picture book, a field guide format is applied to the study of the cranky child . . . er, rather, the GRUMPASAURUS . . . who, in spite of himself, will win your heart.


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Edward Hemingway
Publication Date
June, 2016
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.50 x 8.00 x 0.34 Inches

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In this amusing pictur...

In this amusing picture-book field guide, author/artist Edward Hemingway examines the habits and characteristics of the Badmoodicus grumpasauricus, better known as the North American Grumpasaurus. The grumpy little creature's mighty roar, its pestering of adults, its discontent at being made to do anything it doesn't want to - all are laid out here. Of course, if the Grumpasaurus smiles, something very unexpected occurs... I had the pleasure of reading Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus with the author at an event - in reality, he read while I held up the book for the audience to see the illustrations - and it was a hit! The ending, in which the Grumpasaurus is revealed as a young boy, was not unexpected, given the hints throughout, but it will still entertain young children, who will identify with various aspects of the creature under discussion. I enjoyed the artwork here, which, with its combination of subtler sepia scenes and vibrantly colorful elements, reminded me a bit of Dan Santat's work in The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend - high praise indeed! Recommended to young children who enjoy imaginative tales of magical beings and/or poorly behaved creatures.

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