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 Maya Was Grumpy was written and illustrated by Courtney Pippin-Mathur.

Check out the author's Maya games and activities and the publisher's activities page. There is also a FaceBook page for this book. 

This book was included on the School Library Journal List of Great Books About Emotions and lends itself very well to talking about how kids feel.  The illustrations are very detailed: if you pay attention you will notice that Maya's lion always has the same facial expression she does. 
"Maya Was Grumpy is laugh-out-loud funny and super-sweet. Ms. Pippin-Mathur manages to combine realism with fantasy by capturing the realistically sour expressions of a grumpy toddler and balancing them against a child’s boundless imagination.
For example, there are adorable illustrations of Maya’s frowning face, downturned lips, and folded arms—all easily recognizable by the target audience of ages five and up. But there are fantasy illustrations, too: baby elephants in the bathtub, Maya and her family swinging on vines with monkeys, and Maya and her brothers tickling tarantulas with feathers.
Perhaps the best drawings of all are the sidesplitting illustrations of Maya’s hair, a veritable explosion of frothy yellow curls that spreads everywhere and grows to incredible proportions at the turn of each page.
This book is recommended as a laptime read or as a way to help toddlers identify, understand, and cope with those early morning “crispy, cranky, grumpy, grouchy moods.” --NY Journal of Books

This is one of the ten titles nominated for the 2014 Ladybug Picture Book Award.

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