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From the New York Times bestselling author Lemony Snicket comes a witty, deadpan tale of the mysterious and unexpected ways that bad moods move through the world.

Lemony Snicket's simply told story offers a refreshing, thoughtful, and hilarious look at the ways in which a bad mood wreaks havoc as it moves from person to person, leaving an unexpected trail of surprise in its wake: opportunities for laughter, forgiveness and even love.


Skilfully immersive... here a seemingly traditional picture book is full of mischievous values. Children will love the engaging illustrations by Matt Forsythe, and will enjoy Snicket's teasing moral: that even bad moods have a silver lining

Emily Bearn, Daily Telegraph

Snicket’s story takes unexpected turns and reveals delightful surprises, told with smart, silly language and cheeky asides; every page blooms with beautiful artwork done in bright, colorful gouache washes and featuring charming, 1960s-style animal and human characters.

Kirkus, starred review

Lemony Snicket's simply told story offers a refreshing, thoughtful, and hilarious look at the ways in which a bad mood wreaks havoc


A refreshingly hilarious look at the ways in which a bad mood wreaks havoc... Will strike a chord with everyone

Angels and Urchins

A thoughtful look at the mysterious and unexpected ways in which bad moods move from person to person, with lashings of Snicket's droll humour. A great starting point from which to discuss emotions with children.

Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

An irreverent masterpiece about coincedence and happenstance which might just have parents snorting with laughter even more than their little ones... Dynamic and stunningly coloured, yet packed with incredible detail

Askews & Holts Library Services


Early Years Educator

If you want a cure for a case of bad moodiness, this is absolutely perfect

Red Reading Hub

Guaranteed to raise a smile... preschoolers will find much of it hilarious, and there are useful messages about grumpiness to convey along the way

Teach Early Years

An off-the-wall story for young children by author Lemony Snicket with truly wonderful illustrations by Matt Forsythe.

The Bookbag

A treasure

Book Riot

Full of laughs, despite being about bad moods

Newbury Weekly News

Well-observed and witty

The School Librarian

This book instantly draws you in, largely thanks to Matthew's engaging art but also thanks to Mr Snicket's rather wry and tongue-in-cheek way of looking at things through a youngster's eyes.

Read It, Daddy! blog

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 14, 2018


    RRP $14.99

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