Synopses & Reviews
Big Rabbit has a mood. A bad mood. A mood with attitude. A big, disgusting mood that won't leave him alone. What's a rabbit to do?
He tries watching TV, but the bad mood is on every channel. He tries making a salad, but the bad mood is un-ignorable, lying on his sofa, eating chips and wiping his boogers on the rug. Whatever will make it go away?
The unusual portrayal of a bad mood as a creature that can't be banished will make kids giggle. Combined with a silly sense of humor and a very real sense of what it's like to want to shake off a grumpy feeling, this book will resonate with readers of every mood.
"While Durand's illustrations of Big Rabbit's attempts to get rid of a bad mood will have readers giggling, the resolution of the conflict is disappointing. The expressive, orange rabbit is charming, despite his grumpiness, and his bad mood is portrayed as a furry, knuckle-dragging, gray creature who rides the vacuum cleaner, eats a radio, wipes his boogers on the carpet and 'stuck to him like glue.' When Big Rabbit's friends and even his mother don't answer his pleas for help, he finally hits on the idea of putting arrows on the floor to show the recalcitrant, toddleresque bad mood the way out. However, it's not until everyone surprises him with birthday presents that Big Rabbit's bad mood actually disappears ('Not a hair, not a booger, not a trace'). While the visual representation of an emotional metaphor is witty, children may find the bad mood's personification perplexing, and the misleading suggestion that a surprise birthday party is the best way to get rid of a bad mood undercuts the book's usefulness. Ages 2 6." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[T]his odd, humorous tale about a rabbit's bad mood will leave readers scratching their heads but giggling nevertheless..... Durand's simple, quirky images are at their best depicting the bad mood's antics, which they do with gusto." Kirkus
"The process of understanding emotion, especially for young children, can be overwhelming and abstract--the Blooz just might be the perfect concrete visual to help everyone get through those cranky days."
"Debut author Levis has an impressively light touch."
"Blooz may be a blob, and he may be uninvited, but he is actually kinda cute, which makes this a nonthreatening tool for discussing negative emotions with young children."
"Children will identify with her feelings in this tale, and it will have value as a springboard for discussing sadness and how to work through it."
and#8212;School Library Journal
Big Rabbit has a mood — a bad mood that won't leave him alone. This unusual portrayal of a bad mood as a creature that can't be banished is sure to make kids giggle and will resonate with readers of every mood. Full color.
When a monster named the Blooz comes to visit,and#160;a child copes with emotions in this whimsical debut picture book about having--and getting rid of--the blues.
What do you do when you're feeling blue--especially when your mood takes the form of a drippy, oozy monster called the Blooz? Do you ignore it? Do you ask it lots of questions? Do you give it an ice-pop and hope it goes away? Through trial and error, the child in this storyand#160;discovers that whileand#160;it may not be easy, it's not impossible to shake theand#160;Blooz.and#160; and#160; With a read-aloud rhythm and whimsical illustrations, this debut picture bookand#160;helps children talk about emotions--and is perfect for young fans of friendly monsters.
About the Author
Ramona Badescu was born in Romania and now lives in Marseille, France.