It's really that simple...
* One Great Story
* Multiple Readings
* Fun & Educational Follow-up Activities
Beyond the Book
If you feel comfortable jumping off with the information I've provided under the "Why I Love This Book" section of this page, you're set!
However, if you feel like you need a little more assistance, actual printed instructions that include vocabulary cards questions and much more all designed to help you seamlessly incorporate all those teachable moments, keep reading.
As a teacher and researcher in the areas of reading and early literacy, I know the correct questions to ask, the words that need to be explained and all the magical ways one can sneak learning into the simple act of reading a book multiple times.
When you implement the ideas found within my Beyond the Book Resources, each reading becomes an opportunity to broaden vocabulary, deepen an understanding of the world, introduce to new places, arouse curiosity and most important of all, help your child grow to truly love the written word.
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How to "Read It Again"
1. The first time you read the book, try to read it all the way through without stopping.
2. After reading, go back into the story and ask your child to tell
you what the story was about, retell the story or simply ask your child to explain what's happening within specific illustrations.
3. Over the course of the next week, try to fit in two to three more readings of the book. It's okay to read the book multiple times a day... we actually encourage it! After each subsequent reading, ask comprehension questions.
4. Consider taking your child's learning to the next level by purchasing the our Beyond the Book Resources. Each download ($2.99) includes multiple educational activities created specifically for that book.
5. It’s within this layering of reading and follow-up activities that the real magic happens.
Why I Love This Book
I was first intrigued by the name of the author. I know Lemony Snicket from his Series of Unfortunate Events titles. My kids loved those books! Snicket publishing a picture book wasn't something I expected. However with The Bad Mood and the Stick, he didn't actually veer far out of "his lane". This book is quirky and odd, but it's message is solid. One really nice touch that I wish more children's authors might consider is the use of a bit of hidden adult humor.
I don't want to leave out the genius behind the illustrations. Matthew Forsythe not only made the illustrations, beautiful and funny, but also meaningful. The bad mood is portrayed as an angry cloud hovering above one's head. However my favorite illustration and the one that makes kids laugh occurs when the man has to have his pants cleaned. Wait...it might be the wedding. There are too many to choose from.
Awards & Accolades
―Publishers Weekly "Snicket's quirky narrative voice and observations of events both great and lowly make this a fine readaloud--and a sure cure for a bad mood."
―School Library Journal "A cheerfully wacky read-aloud sure to brighten listeners' moods."
―Junior Library Guild Selection 2018 & 2021
This book offers multiple opportunities for learning that go far beyond what's printed on the page or seen in the illustrations. Here's a small sample:
Bad Mood & the Stick Themed Toys
Adding an element of play is yet another way to deepen the understanding of the concepts introduced within the multiple readings of the story. You'll be surprised at the amount of learning that transfers and is reinforced through imaginative play.
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I believe the title says it all!
It's a book of over 70 things you can do or make with a stick!
"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald