Parents' Guide to

The Bad Mood and the Stick

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Quirky, whimsical, insightful look at passing moods.

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With whimsy and a knowing sense of human moodiness, Lemony Snicket helps kids see the temporary nature of a bad mood. Illustrator Matthew Forsythe's colorful, retro cartoon-like art pictures it as a hovering, movable cloud -- which helps kids grasp that a bad mood comes and goes. The Bad Mood and the Stick is delightful as a simple, funny story (they'll giggle at the man pictured in his underwear) with a touch of romance (the muddied light-skinned man falls in love with the brown-skinned lady at the dry cleaners who cleans his pants). But on another level, it can spark a discussion of feelings, how chance can affect what happens to us, and how everybody gets in a bad mood once in a while for various reasons.

The stick has a role to play, too, and can trigger a good or bad mood, depending on how it's used.

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