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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