[Expletive Deleted]: Little Bird's Bad Word by Jacob Grant
"LUNCH IS EXTRA WIGGLY TODAY," NOTES PAPA.
Lunch is a big pink worm, who obviously does not wish to go to lunch with them. He wiggles so well that Papa drops him. And before he can think, that word pops out of Papa's beak!
Little Bird is intrigued. He's gotta say that word, too! In fact, he says it three times!
"THIS IS NOT A WORD FOR LITTLE BIRDS!" PAPA SAYS.
But despite the warning, Little Bird can't wait to try it out with his friends.
His friend Frog is affronted. Moose is not amused. Ladybug and Fish are offended.
Turtle is so taken aback that he clams up inside his shell!
Maybe that interesting word is not a GOOD word!
Papa apologizes and points out that Little Bird has a lot to learn about words, especially words that may do some harm to others. And he teaches Little Bird a new word.
But author-illustrator Jacob Grant gives the LAST word about bad words to Little Bird's new catch for lunch, the worm, who is clearly having a very bad day, in his Little Bird's Bad Word (Feiwel and Friends, 2015). This is a fresh and funny introduction to the power of words and the use of certain words that little ones should not use. Grant's illustrations are cute and comic, but reveal volumes in the facial expressions of his characters. Kirkus Reviews calls it "... a charming, tender and ever pertinent life lesson."