Big Rabbit’s Bad Mood by Ramona Badescu, illustrated by Delphine Durand.
This very quirky picture book offers a light-hearted look at getting rid of a bad mood. Big Rabbit has a bad mood, one that follows him everywhere he goes. He tries calling Squirrel but he doesn’t answer, making Big Rabbit’s mood even worse. He tries listening to the radio. His mood eats it! He tries watching TV, but all he sees on the screen is his bad mood again and again. Everything Big Rabbit tries doesn’t work until Big Rabbit decides to take matters into his own hands and get rid of the mood once and for all.
Badescu has created a book that talks about bad moods without being didactic in the least. Instead, children will enter a world where bad moods are very troublesome and even pick their noses and wipe it on the carpet! Frankly, what better way to show a child how very annoying a bad mood can be. Badescu’s text works at a child’s level and will have them laughing along in no time. Durand’s illustrations are what make the book so unique. The animals are large and lumpy, often a strange color, and many have odd noses. But their quirks are what make this book work so well. The bad mood is shown as a large furry gray monster that is about as scary as one on Sesame Street. Again, this book will work for children beautifully.
This book is appropriate for ages 3-5 and will be appreciated by those slightly older too. The humor is great and the book is fun to read aloud. Enjoy this whenever someone can’t shake their large furry bad mood.