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Olive and the Bad Mood Paperback – 1 Jun 2013
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Comical, colorful... Small children will enjoy seeing the absurd side of their own emotions, not to mention those of their more volatile pals or siblings
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Freeman makes moodiness awfully funny and does so economically in the ink-and-watercolor artwork -- so many emotions are exhibited with so few lines. It's rare that a picture book can make the audience identify with all the characters, but this one will have kids feeling bad, mad, and glad by turns.
--School Library Journal Comical, colorful... Small children will enjoy seeing the absurd side of their own emotions, not to mention those of their more volatile pals or siblings
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About the Author
Tor Freeman graduated from Kingston University with a BA in Illustration in 1999. She has been writing and illustrating for children ever since.
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ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are created in mixed media. They are large and simple for younger viewers.
THE GOOD: This book starts out well by showing how you can affect others with your bad mood and by the negative things you say to them.
THE NOT AS GOOD: Once again Olive misses the mark. Everything is solved in this book by candy. Her friends don't tell Olive how bad they made her feel, but happily take her candy as if nothing happened. Olive tears her friends down in a big way and this is never addressed. In the end, Olivia is oblivious to how her bad behavior affects others. And on the very last page, Olive is in a bad mood again because her candy is gone. Obviously candy is not the solution.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 4-8. I think ages 5-8 is better.
I think other kids would like it because it is silly and funny. It teaches a lesson not to make your friends mad when they’re trying to play with you.
My favorite part was when she made all of her friends happy by sharing her jelly worms. Candy makes me happy too. I love it.
I liked this book as much as Dinosaur Kisses, so I give it 5 stars.
Review by Anderson D., age 5, Mensa 76