Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Lemony Snicket
Illustrator: Matthew Forsythe
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
This book takes the reader on a slightly disjointed journey through a community of people passing along a bad mood in the shape of a frowning, multicolored cloud and a very normal stick. A soft pastel world hosts some literally colorful characters, and each object incites an encounter in a chain of rainbow events.
The main story’s rhythmic plot is interrupted by the line, “You never know what is going to happen.” Less of a bouncy moral or road map to the struggles of childhood, this book instead acts as a refreshing story of the cycle of days and interactions of everyday people. It shows that nobody’s perfect, and you truly never know what is going to happen. It makes a bad mood palpable and gives wonder to a simple stick. The simplicity of the nonchalant storytelling and the matter-of-fact presence of bad moods and happy times makes this book a must-read.