OverviewAn artful mixture of fantasy and reality, humor and heart, Maya Was Grumpy celebrates the power of imagination and humor to improve moods. Maya wakes up on the wrong side of the bed, tangled in her blanket, and in a crispy, cranky, grumpy, grouchy mood. She doesn’t want to color or wear her favorite shorts or go outside to play. What’s worse, she’s determined to share her grumpiness with everyone as she glumps, clumps, and thumps around the house. But when Maya growls at her grandmother, she graciously takes Maya’s mood in stride, and even has a solution: Gramma suggests a series of unusual activities that Maya will probably not want to do since she’s feeling grumpy—and then dismisses her own silly suggestions before Maya can reject them. Children will find it hard to keep from smiling as they watch Maya’s grouchiness dissolve into glee at Gramma’s giggle-inducing ideas, while adults will find Gramma’s clever tactic a useful strategy to add to their repertoire when kids are grumpy.
Reviews"Lighter than Alexander’s bad day and less emotional than Sophie’s, this is still a visual delight from a new author with a charismatic cast of characters." —Kirkus Reviews
"The cheerful palette of debut talent Pippin-Mathur's palette is a force for positivity in itself, combating Maya's grumpiness with brightly colored watercolor washes." —Publishers Weekly
"...encourage a giggle or two by sharing this story. The bright colors and funny illustrations may attract the attention of young children while the story is read." —Carrie Hane Hung, Children's Literature
"Lighter than Alexander’s bad day and less emotional than Sophie’s, this is still a visual delight from a new author with a charismatic cast of characters." — Kirkus Reviews
"This is a heart-warming family story with an understanding and clever grandmother. Great word choice and bright, colorful, engaging illustrations will appeal to the younger audience." —Sharon Turpin, pscreviews.org
Author BiographyCourtney Pippin-Mathur is an artist and children’s book author. She has a degree in studio art and teaches art classes. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia.