Olive and the Bad Mood

Olive and the Bad Mood

Book - 2013
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Olive descends into a terrible mood after experiencing a string of back luck, and her emotions casts a pall on her friends until something cheers her up.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Templar Books, 2013.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780763666576
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 22 x 29 cm.


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Nov 28, 2016

My kids and I laughed our heads off. They were 4 and 6 at the time.

Apr 08, 2016

SUMMARY: Olive is in a very bad mood. Nothing makes her happy. As she walks along and sees her friends, she puts her bad mood on them by making them feel bad about themselves. Olive sees a candy store with her favorite candy. She buys the candy and is now in a good mood. Then she sees all her friends sitting together, each in a bad mood. Olive shares her candy with them and everyone is happy...until Olive runs out of candy and her good mood runs out.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations are created in mixed media. They are large and simple for younger viewers.

THE GOOD: This book starts out well by showing how you can affect others with your bad mood and by the negative things you say to them.
THE NOT AS GOOD: Once again Olive misses the mark. Everything is solved in this book by candy. Her friends don't tell Olive how bad they made her feel, but happily take her candy as if nothing happened. Olive tears her friends down in a big way and this is never addressed. In the end, Olivia is oblivious to how her bad behavior affects others. And on the very last page, Olive is in a bad mood again because her candy is gone. Obviously candy is not the solution.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 4-8. I think ages 5-8 is better.


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