Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Book Review: The Grumpy, Frumpy Croissant

Happy Tuesday, lambs! Look at me, still all organized on the fifth day of the year! I'm not sure how long my new systems will stay intact and working but pray for me. Ha! 

Today I have a children's book for you and I am so excited to have a few of these on the horizon this year. I feel like I should be doing more with how many books I read to Penelope and Lucy! 

The Grumpy, Frumpy Croissant - Mona K

This is a story about a grouchy croissant who is angry with his friends.
He uses the mindful magic of breath to get his butter back.

If you are like me, you are always in the market for new children's books. My five and four year old LOVE books and we read a LOT each day, which is definitely a great problem to have! I am also a big fan of children's literature in general so any time I have an opportunity to read new ones for review, I jump at the chance! 

My youngest children's school has been focusing on mindfulness techniques every day, which I think is just so great, and I love that this book kind of centers around self management techniques. We have croissant, who starts off just fine, but then toast and scone do something unintentionally that angers croissant. Toast and scone are now angry because croissant is angry so milk comes to the rescue. 

The book is rather short, perfect for young readers, and perfect to begin conversations with children to talk about feelings but also tie in reading comprehension skills. My five year old is in kindergarten, so she is learning how to read, so the short sentences and the easy words made it easy to have her help me with words as we go. 

I also love the book includes a recipe that makes ten croissants. I definitely tried but I don't know if you know this about me, but I cannot handle yeast. I don't know what my problem is, I cannot make things with yeast successfully so I ended up with really dense bread balls. Ha! I think I really need help with baking. Also included? Four pages your child(ren) can color themselves! (Especially perfect if you have children who are budding illustrators... or at least try to be in their books.)

Overall? We really liked this one! If I had to give a critique, I would have liked the book to be longer, maybe offer additional techniques to calm down or solve problems between friends, maybe talk about the importance of communication. Aside from that, this would be a really cute classroom read, counselor read, or gift book (maybe with a box of crayons and ingredients for the recipe at the end of the book). I also loved the simple, effective, and expressive illustrations throughout the book, my kiddos really enjoyed Croissant's "mad face". 

Thank you to DartFrog Books for having me on this tour and providing a review copy! This is a new to me publisher so I'm excited to see what they do next. 

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Why Girls Are Weird said...

Oh gosh this is so cute, my nephew would love it!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Aw, I'm so glad you and the girls liked the book. I really like your gift idea of what to include with the book.