Pom Pom gets the grumps by Sophy Henn (2015)

[Published by Puffin Books]

pompomCome closer everyone, I’m trying to keep my voice to a whisper, because I’ve got a serious question to ask and I really don’t want Pom Pom to hear me. Is it just me, or is a grumpy panda one of the cutest things you’ve ever seen?

Okay, normal transmission again… there’s nothing worse than not being taken seriously when you’re in a foul mood. Poor Pom Pom is having one of those days. His blanky is missing, his little brother has commandeered his favourite toy, and his mother is singing terrible songs during breakfast. Everything, and I mean everything, is awful. In the playground, Pom Pom finally snaps.

“GO AWAY!” yelled Pom Pom. And they did. “oh.” Pom Pom didn’t feel like shouting any more. He felt IMG_1889sad. And a bit silly.” Luckily, he’s willing to admit when he’s being a dork, and life gets fun again – mostly.

The illustrations in this story are magic. Pom Pom’s frown lines deserve a round of applause all on their own. Its perfect for reading to a grumpy small person, or if you have a few of your own harrumphs you need to get out of the system. You won’t stay grumpy for long with this delicious panda in your life.

Check out Pom Pom gets the grumps at Auckland Libraries.

Or buy Pom Pom Gets the Grumps from Fishpond.

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