Boo Hoo Bird

by Jeremy Tankard, Illustrated By Jeremy Tankard

Scholastic Press
April 2009

Ages 3 – 5 . Grades PreK – Kindergarten

Library of Congress: 2007043373

Lexile measure: AD430L



Bird and Raccoon are playing ball, when Bird gets bonked on the head. "Boo hoo hoo!" he cries. What will make Bird feel better? A kiss? A cookie? A Band-Aid? Bird's friends Raccoon, Rabbit, Beaver, Sheep, and Fox are full of sweet and funny ideas.

Perfectly pitched and hilariously imagined, this charming story about a universal experience will put a smile on the face of every child who has suffered a boo-boo and every parent who has struggled to come up with just the right way to give comfort.
Jeremy Tankard

Jeremy Tankard is the creator of the Los Angeles Times Favorite Book Grumpy Bird and its companions Boo Hoo Bird, Hungry Bird, and Sleepy Bird, and the illustrator of several acclaimed picture books, including Rachel Vail's Piggy Bunny and David LaRochelle's It's a Tiger! The beloved Bird books are bestsellers in Tankard's native Canada. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and two children. You can visit him online at


  • Awards and Praise for Grumpy Bird:

    An LA Times Favorite Book of 2007

    “Comic perfection.” –The Wall Street Journal

    “Hilarious.” –The LA Times

    “Tankard's illustrations alone will cheer up any bad mood.” –Parent & Child Magazine, Teachers' Picks, April 2007

    “A way out of a bad mood for surly birds, whatever their species.” –Publishers Weekly

    “A good addition to storytimes.” –School Library Journal

    Praise for Boo Hoo Bird:

    “Mood master Jeremy Tankard succeeds again.” –Time Out New York

    “Like Mo Willems…Tankard takes the worldview of the toddler seriously while appreciating its humor. He has distilled his insight into the toddler mind into dramas that are the pint-size equivalent of Shakespeare.” –The LA Times

    “Bet high on this becoming another storytime winner, just like its predecessor.” –Booklist

    “Distinctive.” –Horn Book

    “Playful pacing and taut expressions capture the humor and vulnerability of Bird and his gang. This selection will resonate.” –Kirkus Reviews

    “With its blend of realism and exaggeration, condolence and humor, this may well turn a sympathetic 'Boo hoo hoo!' into a family standby in times of bonkitude.” –BCCB

    Praise for Hungry Bird:

    “Bird is over-the-top, self-absorbed, melodramatic, and hilarious…A delightful romp.” –Kirkus Reviews

    “Picky eaters will be laughing along and trying new things in no time with this funny installment of Bird and friends. A recommended purchase perfect for storytime or small group sharing that will be in high demand.” –School Library Journal


--- - ! '"What you need is a cookie!" said Beaver. "You can fix any problem with a cookie."

Beaver gave Bird a cookie.

Bird cried louder, "I think I''m getting dizzy."
"Let''s ask Sheep what to do," said Beaver. "She''s full of ideas."'


Paper Over Board / Smyth

ISBN: 9780545065702

32pp. | 10 x 10