When Badger wakes up in a bad mood, he’s determined to let everyone know. He greets all his friends with grumpy, rude remarks. But by the time Badger feels better, he realizes that everyone is upset with him. What can he do? With the help of Crow, Badger comes up with an idea to turn things around. This comical cautionary tale is great for anyone who has ever gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.
Moritz Petz, alias Udo Weigelt, was born in Hamburg, Germany. Upon completion of his studies, he traveled through Italy, Denmark, and Sweden, working a variety of jobs before returning to study history and German. He has written many books for children including the badger book that started it all: The Bad Mood. Today Udo Weigelt lives as a freelance writer on Lake Constance.
Amélie Jackowski was born in Toulon, France. She studied at the School of Applied Arts in Strasbourg and at the University of Aix-en-Provence. Amélie has written many books for children including beloved tale, The Bad Mood. The illustrator now lives and works in Marseille. She has two children to whom she likes to tell stories she invented.
Petz’s words model for youngsters how to apologize when they have done something they are not proud of. This beautifully written story is sure to invite multiple reads. Its simple but valuable lesson, that it’s normal to sometimes be in a bad mood, reminds kids that taking a deep breath is much better than taking it out on your friends. The Bad Mood! needs to be added to the mindfulness section in school classrooms.