On a whim I picked up Grumpy Pants through Amazon. Finn loves penguins and it looked like something simple that he would enjoy. The back cover reminded me of a Mo Willems Pigeon book. It definitely reminds me of the Mo Willems or Jon Klassen sense of humor.
Then, I read it to a class of Kindergartners and immediately got a chorus of "Read it again! Read it again!" that is the true sign of a read-aloud winner. Grumpy Pants is a simple story of a penguin who is grumpy for no good reason. He blames his grumpiness on his clothes and tries to "shake it off", removing each item of clothing one at a time. In the end a bath, some cocoa, and his favorite pajamas make him feel better. He falls asleep knowing that "tomorrow will be a better day because all the grumpy will be washed away." (his grumpy clothes are pictured in the laundry).
This story reminded me of the many posts I've seen going around on Facebook lately. A lot of my friends are parents of young or school-aged children who have been acting particularly grumpy since school has started. The thought is that school can take a lot out of us, making us sit quietly, listen carefully, work hard, and think think think! This can drain our batteries and make us feel grumpy for no good reason. If you find that you or your child is feeling grumpy after school, try some relaxation techniques to calm down before anything that requires more rigorous thinking.
I like to relax by making and eating a snack or singing a favorite song. In Grumpy Pants, Penguin relaxed by taking a bath and getting ready for bed. What helps you relax and recharge your batteries after a day of rigorous learning?