Releases on March 12, 2019 from Knopf!
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Featured on the Spring 2019 Kids' Indie Next List -- "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers" in the ages 4-8 category!
A lovely review in Publisher’s Weekly:
Matthew Burgess, illus. by Fiona Woodcock. Knopf, $17.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-399-55662-3
In this picture book by Burgess (Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings), what looks at first like a shock-headed monster proves to be an angry sibling. The glowering creature has a head full of flaming red fur that matches his furry feet, and he’s trapped his sister’s knapsack under his chair. “How do you budge/ an unbudgeable curmudgeon,/ who really refuses to budge?” the text asks. She attempts bribery, considers violence: “It wouldn’t be right/ to bludgeon the curmudgeon/ but maybe he deserves one humongous nudge.” After a push-and-pull between them knocks her to the floor, the bad mood passes from brother to sister. Her red hair fluffs up in into a raging orange orb. Will she go full curmudgeon? “It can be tricky/ to get the gunk off/ the funkiest funks,” the narrator says as the brother considers his options. Playing a favorite song helps; for now, there’s peace. Burgess’s clever wordplay stays loose, reveling in the funny sounds of language without hewing to a rigid structure. Woodcock (Look) uses rubber stamps, stencils, and blow pens to add motion and energy to sweet spreads. After reading aloud, listeners might discover their own ways to unbudge curmudgeons. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Elena Giovinazzo, Pippin Properties. Illustrator’s agent: Alli Brydon, Bright USA. (Mar.)
New review from The Red Tricycle:
THE UNBUDGEABLE CURMUDGEON: Everybody has bad days and can feel a little like a curmudgeon themselves. This adorable book by Matthew Burgess with beautiful illustrations by Fiona Woodcock will help kids laugh at themselves (and their siblings/besties) when they become curmudgeons themselves. For any kid or parent that's having a bit of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, this book is an instant pick me up. Great for siblings, too!
ORDER HERE or even better, contact your local independent bookstore!
Two Unbudgeable Curmudgeon book events scheduled so far:
Sunday, March 17th at Stories Bookshop + Storytelling Lab. 458 Bergen Street, Brooklyn. 10:30 AM.
Tuesday, March 26th at Green Bean Books in Portland, Oregon. 1600 NE Alberta St. 11 AM.