Hungry Jim: (Children's Emotion Books, Animal Books for Kids, Funny Children Books) (Hardcover)

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By Laurel Snyder, Chuck Groenink (By (artist))
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Everyone, especially children, need language to describe the feelings and emotions that swirl in their heads and hearts. Hungry Jim  will help with that, as Snyder's fable-like tale cleverly addresses how a sour mood can spoil a day.

— Rachel Watkins

A little bit Where the Wild Things Are, a little bit Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, but wholly it's own, Hungry Jim nods a growly greeting to the beast within us all. Snyder's delightfully brazen allegory shows little ones a a way to devour dark moods (with a few pancakes on the side). 

— Hannah DeCamp


When Jim wakes up one Tuesday morning, he doesn't feel like eating his pancakes. In fact, Jim doesn't feel like Jim. He feels rather, well, beastly. But he is hungry. Very hungry....This clever and relatable tale of moods from Laurel Snyder and Chuck Groenink offers a lighthearted depiction of the beastliness that lives inside all of us—and the power we have to put it in its place. Surprising yet satisfying, this richly illustrated book brims with humor that readers of all ages will be roaring to devour.

About the Author

Laurel Snyder is the author of many books for children, including the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award–winning Charlie & Mouse. She lives and writes in a small yellow house in Atlanta, Georgia, which she shares with her husband and two sons.

Chuck Groenink hails from a village in the north of the Netherlands, where he spent his formative years climbing trees, drawing, reading, and cycling. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

Praise For…

"Rightly and properly dedicated to Maurice Sendak . . . A reassuring promise that it's OK to be beastly." — Kirkus Reviews

"Part Kafkaesque tale and part homage to Maurice Sendak, as noted in the dedication, this book is a pure delight. A definite celebration of his style and not an outright copy, this is a must-have for fans of Sendak who adore tales of wildness; sure to have readers young and old giggling with joy."—School Library Journal

"In this clever tribute to Maurice Sendak, Snyder and Groenink gleefully subvert picture book norms by embracing the beastliest behavior." — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Use this at story hour and expect giggles, shrieks, and groans." - Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781452149875
ISBN-10: 1452149879
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019
Pages: 56
Language: English