New York Times bestselling author Lemony Snicket sheds light on the way bad moods come and go.
Once there was a bad mood and a stick.
The stick appeared when a tree dropped it.
Where did the bad mood come from?
Who picked up the stick?
And where is the bad mood off to now?
You never know what is going to happen.
Curly wears overalls and two poofy pigtails. Her expression is stormy. A multicolored bad mood hovers above her like a cloud. Then she pokes her brother with a stick and cheers right up. Curly's mother has the bad mood now; then it moves to a man named Lou, and from there "all over the world. You yourself had it several times." All kinds of feelings prove contagious in Snicket's story; the lowly stick spreads cheer in Curly's town the way the bad mood spreads gloom. The story traces how chance knits together the lives of Curly, her family, Lou, Lou's dry cleaner, and the ice cream man. Snicket doesn't paper over the way the discomfort of others can turn a bad mood around; at the same time, he celebrates generosity, community, and the workings of fate ("You never know what is going to happen"). Forsythe's sherbet-hued images combine big cartoon gestures with rich color. Snicket's quirky narrative voice and observations of events both great and lowly make this a fine readaloud and a sure cure for a bad mood. Ages 4 8. Author's)
That was an awesome book!
Subject line above from my 7 year old son, who really enjoyed this book, especially the look on Napoleon’s face when Curly gets scolded. This was a nice way to talk to kids about feelings and facial recognition as well as the fleeting nature of feelings, which can help bring perspective to a bad mood.