Picture books to cheer you up – New picture books in July

In a bad mood? Feeling grumpy? Enjoy these new picture books all about moods, manners and cheering up.

Syndetics book coverPrickly Jenny / Sibylle Delacroix.
“Jenny is a gentle bundle of contradictions. She wants to be left alone, but she cries when her mom goes away. She wants to wear her old T-shirt instead of her new dress, and that’s that. If you catch her smiling, she’ll go back to grumbling. Jenny wants things her way, but she’s not always sure what her way is. It might seem like she’s being difficult, but she can’t help it — it’s just how she feels. This delightful small-format picture book is a portrait of a character who, despite her grumbling and frustrations, just wants to be loved. The book conveys a quiet balance of humor and strife, perfectly portraying a prickly kid who feels anxious, stubborn and unheard … even though she’s not exactly sure what she has to say.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPom Pom Panda gets the grumps / by Sophy Henn.
“One morning Pom Pom got out of bed on the wrong side and nothing was right.Then things went from bad to worse . . . ‘Harrumph!’ said Pom Pom.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBig, bad owl / written by Steve Smallman ; illustrated by Richard Watson.
“Big, Bad Owl is a fabulously funny, tongue-in-cheek picture book from best-selling author and master of comedy, Steve Smallman ( Dragon Stew and Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom ). Children will love the quirky illustrations in this story about learning to deal with moods and emotions. Feeling cranky? Out of sorts? Perhaps a teeny bit tetchy? Then flap off over to Scowl’s grumpy branch for a good old grouch and grumble… Everybody wants to cheer Scowl up, but there’s one thing that makes him the happiest owl in the world – and that’s being in a good old grump!” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAbracazebra / story by Helen Docherty ; illustrated by Thomas Docherty.
“Yawnalot is a sleepy old town until Abracazebra rides in on her bicycle. Suddenly, all the animals flock to see her incredible magic show – all except Goat, who is grumpy and jealous of her. But in the end, even Goat is won over and realises that everybody needs a little magic. A wonderfully original new picture book about the importance of celebrating diversity.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPlease Mr Panda / Steve Antony.
“With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony is the one to watch. Panda has a tray of doughnuts. Animal after animal tells him the one they want, but it’s only when Lemur says ‘please’ politely that Panda will give any out! A witty and stylish lesson that manners will get you EVERYTHING. Even a trayload of doughnuts.” (Syndetics summary)