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Author: Virginia Miller

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Publisher: Candlewick Press,

Material: board book

Summary: Bartholomew is having a bad day. Every time Daddy asks about what Bartholomew would like, he just grunts. This is a picture book that helps kids understand feelings.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 0 to 4; read yourself: 6 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Age of Child: Read with girl 2 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: There was no interest in this book.

Adult Reader Reaction: Disappointed. We've liked other Virginia Miler books. This is billed as a way to help toddlers recognize moods and mercurial habits. I found it frustrating. You clearly have to have read other Bartholomew books to know that 'Bar' is his nickname.

Pros: The story moves quickly from event to event.

Cons: Boring. There is no real story to read…you have to generate lots of discussion to engage the toddler and hit the 'advertised' objective.

Borrow or Buy: Skip it. There are better books out there for helping kids recognize and understand emotions.

If You Liked This Book, Try: JUST BEING ME #1: I'M SO MAD (JUST BEING ME)   THE SAD MAD GLAD BOOK; The Anatomy of Your Attitude   CRANKY PANTS

Educational Themes: This one missed the mark as far as I can see. Other toddler may relate to Bartholomew, ours didn't. You may be able to use it to teach a toddler how to be more respectful than grunting at his/her caregiver.

Notes: A Reading Tub volunteer borrowed this book from the public library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - animal characters, picture book, emotions

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2003

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