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Maya Was Grumpy
Courtnet Pippin-Mathur

Flashlight Press
May 1, 2013 / ISBN: 978-1936261130
Picture Book

Reviewed by Jan Fields

When Maya wakes up grumpy, she doesn't want to do anything but grump and grumble. But her clever (and slightly silly) Gramma can't leave things like that! This lively book turns into a battle between silliness and the grumps -- and we know what's going to come out on top! The charming watercolor illustrations display the hugeness of Maya's grumpy attitude in her out-of-control mop of curls. Each page offers something new to see and imagine. And the vivid colors definitely captivate. The storyline of wise Gramma winning over a cranky little girl isn't the most original I've seen, but it has a kind of cozy familiarity that makes it appealing just the same. Probably the one thing that stopped me in my reading tracks was the use of "crispy" as a synonym for "grumpy." My daughter found that distracting and so did I. I assume "crispy" has less cheery connotations at the author's house than it does at ours. Still, overall, a cozy fun book with plenty of bounce.

Reviewer Janis Fields is the editor of Kid Magazine Writers emagazine and has written dozens of stories and articles for the children's magazine market.

Reviewed 2013