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The Bad Mood and the Stick4/5

The Bad Mood and the Stick

Lemony Snicket

Review

The Bad Mood and the Stick is a good book for everyone with a moody toddler or child. Lemony Snicket has written a very amusing book which captures exactly how a bad mood spreads and grows all over the place and what simple things snap us out of our bad moods.

The story starts with Curly who is in a bad mood and who, by using the stick to poke her brother, starts a cascade of the bad mood passing on to other people, her mum, Lou, and Napoleon - but the stick always has a way of being in the right place at the right time to help those moods fly away.

There is quite a lot of humour dipped throughout the story and Matt Forsythe's illustrations add another dimension to the story which help to bring it to life.

I felt this book would be good to use with our children in school as part of the PSHE programmes we do surrounding managing emotions. The only thing I would say is that the story wasn't easy for younger children to follow and I think it would be more suited to children in KS1 and lower KS2.

38 pages / Ages 5+ / Reviewed by Marie Berry, teacher.

Reviewed by: Marie Berry