The Bad Mood and the Stick

The Bad Mood and the Stick

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Curly's bad mood travels from person to person, unexpectedly leaving opportunities for forgiveness, laughter, and love in its wake.
Publisher: New York :, Little, Brown and Company,, [2017]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780316392785
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Forsythe, Matthew 1976-- Illustrator
Alternative Title: Bad mood & the stick


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Feb 06, 2018

I had a hard time understanding the concept of the book - bad mood can go to someone else and then you can be happy?? On the other hand my daughter aged 7, said no Mummy, it's saying you shouldnt be in a bad mood because other people around you will feel the bad mood too. Overall I didnt enjoy this book.

Nov 30, 2017

Problematic read (thanks to <a href="">Books for Littles</a> for naming what was bothering me): not only does this book seem to say one can only feel better if they foist their bad mood off on someone else, there's a really horrifying bit where a white man takes off his pants in front of a woman of color -- who tells him not to -- and they later marry. I know it's supposed to be cutesy, but in this moment where we're discussing sexual assault and harassment, that scene just felt like evidence of how insidiously easy it is to dismiss women. And reading this over and over to kids -- what lesson does it teach?

AL_MOLLIE Nov 21, 2017

I usually find it hard to not find one redeeming quality about a book, but this book has none. Let's tackle the two main issues.

1. The white man who takes off his pants in front of a Black woman. She protests, he still takes them off, and THEY GET MARRIED. Nononononono. Handler (Snicket) has been in trouble for saying racist things before. You would think he'd learn from past experiences.

2. Hurting or laughing at someone to erase your bad mood. That's exactly (not) what we want to teach children. So much for being kind.

Stay far away from this one, unless you'd really like an example of what not to do when writing children's picture books.

Nov 13, 2017

Very odd story.

EvaELPL Oct 08, 2017

A very lovely read that combines Lemony Snicket's hallmark humor with a valuable message about emotional literacy; as the Bad Mood (personified as a grumpy cloud) passes on from character to character, it becomes clear that while our feelings are real and valid (and sometimes contagious), they're not necessarily permanent, and that even the worst mood can lead somewhere sweet.


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