Little Bird's Bad Word

illus. by Jacob Grant. 32p. Feiwel & Friends. Jul. 2015. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781250051493.
PreS-K—After accidentally dropping his wiggling lunch (a worm), Papa Bird expresses his frustration with the expletive "Blark!" Little Bird, who is always eager to learn new words, begins to shout his new word at all of his friends but is surprised to learn that they do not like it. "Could this new word be…bad?" In simple text and complementary illustrations, this is a gentle, albeit somewhat oversimplified lesson in how using language can sometimes be hurtful to others. In the end, Papa Bird also teaches Little Bird another word by example: "Sorry!" The author sneaks in a small humorous twist on the final page that will more than likely amuse adults. The digitally colored charcoal artwork on white or solid-hued backgrounds is fresh and energetic. The cartoon style and bright colors keep the tone light and engaging, and creative typography is used to good effect.
VERDICT A suitable choice for parents wishing to address inappropriate language and discuss the power of words.

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