The Bad Mood and the Stick

The Bad Mood and the Stick

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Curly's bad mood travels from person to person, unexpectedly leaving opportunities for forgiveness, laughter, and love in its wake.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316392785
Branch Call Number: SNICKET L
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Forsythe, Matthew 1976-- Illustrator

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Mark_E_Schitts
Feb 21, 2018

(user quote) - "To each their own. Everybody is a critic."

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mr_chocolate
Feb 19, 2018

As a caucasian, childless man in his mid 50's, I liked this simple story of how a bad mood can be transferred or replaced by a happy mood, as quickly as the wind shifts. Some what of a balance between two extremes. I did find it rather unrealistic for some of the other situations to happen, though.
Such as why would a grumpy, demanding man go to a dry cleaners and expect for his dirty pants to be cleaned right away? What about a laundromat or a home washing machine? How unlikely for this women that he was yelling at (like a temper tantrum - unless that was a point in the story), would be so easily swayed and not get a bad mood cloud? Thirdly, how unlikely would an ice cream seller be putting a stick with a cocoon in his shop store window, and for it to make people want to buy ice cream from it?
After reading some of the reviews and hearing from one other person that had read this book, I did then look at it from a different perspective, seeing more than what I had first picked up on.
I was able to see how strange (or stereotypical) it was for a white man to be portrayed as demanding and yelling at a non-caucasian female, (perhaps another point taken) and then get married.
This would have been a nice book, if not for these deviations and had other examples, showing how the bad mood cloud goes from place to place.
Not a good book for children to read without adult supervision or debate.

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shashihumad
Feb 06, 2018

I had a hard time understanding the concept of the book - bad mood can go to someone else and then you can be happy?? On the other hand my daughter aged 7, said no Mummy, it's saying you shouldnt be in a bad mood because other people around you will feel the bad mood too. Overall I didnt enjoy this book.

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unabridgedchick
Nov 30, 2017

Problematic read (thanks to <a href="http://www.booksforlittles.com/toxic-masculinity/">Books for Littles</a> for naming what was bothering me): not only does this book seem to say one can only feel better if they foist their bad mood off on someone else, there's a really horrifying bit where a white man takes off his pants in front of a woman of color -- who tells him not to -- and they later marry. I know it's supposed to be cutesy, but in this moment where we're discussing sexual assault and harassment, that scene just felt like evidence of how insidiously easy it is to dismiss women. And reading this over and over to kids -- what lesson does it teach?

ArapahoeMollie Nov 21, 2017

I usually find it hard to not find one redeeming quality about a book, but this book has none. Let's tackle the two main issues.

1. The white man who takes off his pants in front of a Black woman. She protests, he still takes them off, and THEY GET MARRIED. Nononononono. Handler (Snicket) has been in trouble for saying racist things before. You would think he'd learn from past experiences.

2. Hurting or laughing at someone to erase your bad mood. That's exactly (not) what we want to teach children. So much for being kind.

Stay far away from this one, unless you'd really like an example of what not to do when writing children's picture books.

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wildct2003
Nov 13, 2017

Very odd story.

EvaELPL Oct 08, 2017

A very lovely read that combines Lemony Snicket's hallmark humor with a valuable message about emotional literacy; as the Bad Mood (personified as a grumpy cloud) passes on from character to character, it becomes clear that while our feelings are real and valid (and sometimes contagious), they're not necessarily permanent, and that even the worst mood can lead somewhere sweet.

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