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Giraffe Is Grumpy (Scholastic Reader, Level 1)

A First Feelings Reader

illustrated by Hilary Leung

Scholastic Inc
Initial publish date
Oct 2023
Beginner, Emotions & Feelings, Giraffes
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2023
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  • Age: 0
  • Grade: p to 12


From author-illustrator Hilary Leung comes a lightly updated version of Will Giraffe Laugh?, a fun story all about how to help friends feel better, adapted for the Scholastic Level 1 early Reader format!


One giraffe. One bad mood. One timeless question: Will Giraffe Laugh?Meet Giraffe. Giraffe loves to laugh, but today is different. Giraffe is cranky! All of Giraffe's friends want to cheer him up . . .but is laughter the best medicine for such a grumpy guy?Featuring a new easier-to-read title and brand new cover, Giraffe is Grumpy is a beginning reader adaptation of Hilary Leung’s Will Giraffe Laugh? board book! Little ones will love learning to read with Giraffe as his caring friends try to lift his mood and help him feel better!Adapted and shortened for the Level 1 early Reader format, Giraffe is Grumpy will keep little ones laughing, sharing . . .and reading!

About the author


Hilary Leung est auteur, graphiste, illustrateur, joueur d'ultimate et papa. Il est le co-créateur des livres de la série Ninja, cow-boy et ours présentent. Hilary habite à Toronto avec sa famille.


Hilary Leung is a Toronto-based designer and illustrator. Several years ago, Hilary self-published his first picture book, The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear. More recently he's worked on projects for Story Planet, a nonprofit organization that encourages young people to create and tell their stories. When not creating, Hilary can be found at home playing with his two awesome children. You can find out more about Hilary at

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Excerpt: Giraffe Is Grumpy (Scholastic Reader, Level 1): A First Feelings Reader (illustrated by Hilary Leung)

Featuring the original stories from WILL BEAR SHARE and WILL GIRAFFE LAUGH, BEAR LEARNS TO READ and GIRAFFE IS GRUMPY are perfect stories for the Leveled Reader format!This leveled Reader edition features an easy-to-read title and brand new cover!Social and emotional milestones such as sharing & bedtime are essential early childhood topics.... . . and author Hilary Leung presents these themes in new & HILARIOUS ways that keep kids engaged.Hilary's art is fresh, fun, and unlike anything else in the market--with a sneaky educational twist.Little ones will love learning to read simple and fun sentences with these adorable adventures!

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Will Bear Share?:




* "A clear and winning guide to a key social grace; share and repeat as necessary." -- Kirkus Reviews Starred Review




"These. Are. So. Good. Earlier this year a fellow blogger that I trust explicitly emailed me to ask if I'd seen Leung's board book series. My family members are big fans of his book Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear, but I wasn't sure how well his sense of humor would translate to board books. Turns out, the guy's a natural and these are gold. If you want to buy some baby a series for the holiday season or their birthday, this would be the one I'd recommend." -Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal/A Fuze #8 Production




Praise for Will Ladybug Hug?:




* "Clear, endearing, and important." -- Kirkus Reviews Starred Review




Praise for Will Bear Share? and Will Sheep Sleep?:




"Both books feature a cast of endearing animal characters, rendered via basic shapes and bright colors, sure to attract the toddlers at which they're aimed. There's Sheep; Bear; Frog; Ladybug; Giraffe; and Crocodile. Much dry humor is conveyed through their facial expressions - in particular, their eyes - and the simplest of gestures. The books cover uncomplicated concepts (sharing and sleep) with short sentences in a bold font. As with any good character-driven board book, Leung develops memorable characters in a very tight space. One thing is for sure: Leung's joy in crafting these books is almost tangible." Julie Danielson, Kirkus Reviews






Praise for Will Sheep Sleep?:




"Leung handsomely colors the pages in woodgrainlike textures and in striking shades, including jade green and dusky rose. Readers will be pleased that when Sheep finally sleeps (after counting his friends dressed in wool), there's room for a bit more fun." -- Publishers Weekly

Other titles by Hilary Leung