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The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon

Matthew Burgess, Fiona Woodcock (Illustrator)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Library Binding (3/12/2019)

Spring 2019 Kids Indie Next List

“In this adorably illustrated book, we learn we can all be a grouchy curmudgeon at times. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to cheer up a friend or sibling who refuses to look on the lighter side of life. At some point, you may even find that cheering them up is making you grumpy. So be careful if you try to budge a curmudgeon, because you just might find yourself turning into one.”
— Kidron Mariotti, Octavia Books, New Orleans, LA
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"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!" --Red Tricycle

"After reading aloud, listeners might discover their own ways to unbudge curmudgeons."--Publishers Weekly

"Playful language and a subtly rhyming text create an enjoyable read-aloud about frustrations and bad moods." --Booklist

What do you do with a curmudgeon that just won't budge? Why, shake off the grumpy 'tude and embrace the fun!

Have you ever seen a curmudgeon that looks like your brother, but is in such a bad mood you hardly recognize him? You can try all the peanut butter sandwiches and brownies you have, but he is not moving.

Nothing works, especially nudging, and he just makes you so grumpy that eventually you have no choice but to fight back--and then...

Have you ever become a curmudgeon that just won't budge?

Matthew Burgess's playful depiction of bad moods and sibling rivalry is matched perfectly by Fiona Woodcock's unique childlike art style.

Praise For The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon

Playful and charming . . . [A] perfect introduction to an advanced emotional concept emotional concept and bonus vocabulary word.” —School Library Journal Online

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780399556623, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 12, 2019

About the Author

Matthew Burgess is the author of Enormous Smallness: A Story of E. E. Cummings, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo. He has been a poet-in-residence in New York City elementary schools through the Teachers & Writers Collaborative since 2001, and he is currently completing his PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center. His work has appeared in various magazines and journals, and he recently received an award from the Fund for Poetry. He teaches creative writing and composition at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn, New York. Follow him on Twitter at @MatthewBurgess.

Fiona Woodcock attended the Glasgow School of Art and, since her graduation, has been working freelance on animated films, commercials, and illustration assignments. Fiona likes to draw with children's blow pens, and experiments with cutting stencils and printing techniques. She finds this playful approach inspires fresh ways to visualize ideas. Her previous books include Hiding Heidi, Poppy and the Blooms, and Poppy, Buttercup, Bluebell & Dandy. She lives in London. See more of her work at