Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Grumpy Gloria

Grumpy Gloria
Written and Ilustrated by Anna Dewdney
Viking
ISBN 0670061239

Gloria the bulldog wasn't always grumpy. She and her little girl used to play catch and chase soap bubbles. But when her little girl gets a spiffy new doll, Gloria is left out of their games. The family tries to cheer her up with disastrous results. A bath? A jog? A game of dress-up? No wonder Gloria is a pouty pooch!

The lively, rhyming text is pitch perfect in this sweet and funny book, but the real star is Gloria herself who is portrayed with such warmth and humor. It's impossible not to fall in love with her. Kudos to Dewdney for her clever use of end papers to tell the backstory. Gloria is simply glorious!

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