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If your house is anything like ours, age two has nothing on age 3. I mean, why do the terrible twos get all the hype when age three is just as bad, if not worse?!? The term “threenagers” — with all its attitude and sass and drama — is alive and well in our house. And if this sounds at all like your little ones, then I have the book for you. Beware the Grumpasaurus!
In Edward Hemingway’s Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus, we learn all about the Grumpasaurus spieces and just what might make the Grumpasaurus tick. What more do you need to hear to be sold on this book than the cover page, which states: “The observations that follow in this field guide tell you everything you need to know about the Badmoodicus grumpasauricus, more commonly known as the North American Grumpasaurus.” I love it– and the following pages are even better as they describe what makes the Grumpasaurus roar and just what may help turn its screeching into smiles.
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This is such a fun book to help guide children through their tantrums and grumpiest moments. The manner in which the Grumpasaurus is described makes this more of a playful read than a didactic one. Instead of feeling like a threatening lesson on behavior, the narrative, which is primarily written in captions and side notes, provides a unique and engaging exploration of anger that children are undoubtedly compelled to understand. The evolution of the fearsome Grumpasaurus to a calm and lovable child is spot on and so relatable; it is bound to begin a welcome discussion about how certain behaviors can have a negative impact on everyone in the home. And it may just provide your family with a new code word to coax your Little grump out of his funk. Grumpasaurus for the win!
Want the book? Get it here! Field Guide to the Grumpasaurus, by Edward Hemingway