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Title: Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book
Author: Grumpy Cat
Audience: Grades 3-12 (according to Scholastics)
Length: 96 Pages
Publisher: Grumpy Cat Limited
Copyright Date: 2013
Acquired: Purchased at school book fair
Buy Links: Amazon, Book Depository
Blurb: Internet sensation Grumpy Cat’s epic feline frown has inspired legions of devoted fans. Celebrating the grouch in everyone, the Grumpy Cat book teaches the fine art of grumpiness and includes enough bad attitude to cast a dark cloud over the whole world. Featuring brand new as well as classic photos, and including grump-inspiring activities and games, Grumpy Cat delivers unmatched, hilarious grumpiness that puts any bad mood in perspective.
Selection Process: I chose this book because it looked better than all the other ones and looked through the pages it looked better, so I chose Grumpy Cat. The pictures, the artwork, and the word, showed you the history of Grumpy Cat. I also liked that there are games that looked fun and hard.
Thoughts: I thought the book was pleasant. The reason I thought the book was pleasant was it fun to read and play the games. My favorite part of the book was Visualize Grumpiness. You’re suppose to close your eyes and imagine the event happening to you. For example:
A bluebird serenades you from a nearby brook, keeping time to the musical babble of the brook that flows through the forest…
…and it poops on you. When you look up, it poops again. In your eye.
Question for the Author: Why are you grumpy?
Rating: 5 out of 5
Selection Process: I never really got into the Grumpy Cat meme. To be honest, I was a bit bummed my son chose such a long book about Grumpy Cat to read. However, I settled into it. The things a mother does for her child…
Thoughts: This particular book has a wide range for reading levels: Grades 3-12. For my 4th grader, this book provided quite a learning opportunities. It included some challenging words: resemblance, biological, optimistic, simultaneously, sullen, demotivational, inspiration, appendectomy, to name a few. Not only were they challenging for him to say, some of the words my son had never heard before, which required an explanation. If you’re looking to help your child expand his/her vocabulary, this may present an opportunity.
The book also had idioms that weren’t not so familiar to my son. For example, ” a dog eats dog world.” Again, it provided opportunities to teach about idioms. Some of the activities were also lost on my son. He expected activities, which you’d find in typical activity books. Since this was more of a book on how to be grumpy and feeling your life with disappointments, some of the activities led to dead ends. That is, some of the activities weren’t true activities or than to expect “lemons.”
This book reminds me of the new disney movies, which are targeted at kids but have adult nuances in them that are above many children’s heads. For those who enjoy reading books with your kids, you might find plenty of jokes and entertainment in this book. In fact, the book reminds me of demotivational posters… but for kids.
If you like snarky and/or Grumpy Cat, this book might just be your thing. I definitely can see why the age range spans so greatly. Grumpy Cat being such a recognized meme, it’ll appeal to younger kids. Though I think the designation in terms of reading levels could have been better defined.
My son and I read this together in about 20 minutes.
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In an earlier post, I mentioned merging my pseudonym with my real name. What that means for you is a heads up for a giveaway I’m hosting through Backbone America. What is this giveaway all about? A few free coaching sessions.
Why hire a coach for self-publishing?
Self-publishing is like any other business, in that it has a product to be sold. As such, you’ll face many of the same challenges as other business owners.
Developing a product
Your books are your product and writing is the development stage. There will be times when you struggle to write your next book, finish your book, refine your book (editing), and even come up with an idea. A business coach can help you work through the early stages of development and moving forward toward publication.
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