I love Pom Pom Gets the Grumps. I feel that this little panda and I have much in common. Pom Pom is grumpy because he gets out of the wrong side of bed one day. This is me most days. Mornings and me don’t mix too well. I wish I woke up with sunshine in my heart, but I don’t.
The dark cloud over Pom Pom is just about perfect.
Everything annoys Pom Pom and makes him exclaim ‘Harrumph!’
It all gets too much for him and he explodes at his friends, who are only trying to cheer him up.
Then he is a very sorry panda indeed. That look would break your heart.
Luckily, true friends are there for you even when you’ve been not so very nice, as long as you make amends. It’s a good story, told with few words – which is my favourite type of picture book. Pom Pom’s bad mood is a little bit funny, especially all the harrumphing, but I do empathise with him!
The style of the illustrations is what attracted me initially to the book. I like the chalky texture, and the colours…I sometimes found myself thinking of Tim Burton’s suburbia in Edward Scissorhands or Big Eyes, or a David Hockney painting from the 1960s or ‘70s – all things that make my eyes very blissfully happy. As I said, I love Pom Pom Gets the Grumps!
Sophy Henn has a lovely website with lots more gorgeous pictures and patterns to feast your eyes upon. There is a paper umbrella pattern (in the Projects section) that is so pretty I want to eat it (that is in no way weird, to be clear!)
Pom Pom Gets the Grumps by Sophy Henn is published by Puffin in hardback and paperback. I bought my copy with my own pocket money (or wages as they are sometimes known).