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NOMINATED FOR THE KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2019

An uplifting story about confronting big emotions from the author of The Night Box, stunningly illustrated by Julia Sarda.

Ed's bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all.
But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town.
Can Ed sweep his troubles away?

A wonderful bedtime story for children aged 3 years and up, perfect for helping children learn to recognise and deal with big emotions.

Louise Greig is an award-winning poet and a children's picture book author with a unique, lyrical voice. Her childhood was filled with animals, the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson and picture books by iconic children's writers such as Margaret Wise Brown, Charlotte Zolotow, Ruth Krauss, Maurice Sendak, Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jansson. Her debut picture book for Egmont, The Night Box, has been translated into 10 languages and has been nominated for the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Association of Illustrators Awards (AOI) and the Teach Primary Book Awards. Louise lives in Aberdeen and when not writing is a director of a dog rescue and re-homing organisation. The wild solitude of Scotland and the beauty of nature remain strong influences in her life.

Julia Sarda is an illustrator from Barcelona. After her studies, Julia started working as colorist in a studio which made the editorial merchandising for Disney/Pixar and then moved on to freelancing two years later. Ranging from concept art for video games, to children's illustration, Julia has had the chance to illustrate some everlasting classics such as: Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Ed in a good mood is a very nice Ed. Ed in a bad mood is not.

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Quotes

  • This mood swept over him in a raging storm and stuck.
  • Ed knew perfectly well when he had gone far enough, but he could not bring himself to say, Okay, that will do.
  • Is this really worth it? he asked himself. Yes, his bad mood decided, though Ed did wonder a little.
10th November '18
I read it to Elliotb aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This was a good book for my 4 year old son to help understand his anger and emotions. The illustrations were lovely and it was a thought provoking and uplifting story. 
8th April '19
I read it to Alice aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
I stareted to read this bool to my daughter after a few 'bad moods/tantrums' to try and calm her.
The story is about Ed and his very bad mood sweeping everything up with him and how he feels powerless to stop.
The pictures are clear with detail to talk about with a little one.
The story is a great length to hold attention - even at the tail end of a tantrum! Not too long but long enough to tell the story.
It worked with us as by the end we were able to talk about Ed's bad mood and how he got out of it ... with my daughter understanding and being able to relate it to herself (with help).  It hasn't stopped her moods but regular reading Sweep and talking about it has greatly reduced them...
A good and very useful story for a little one!
28th August '18
I read it to FreddyBoggis aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a really good book, illustrations are great too as ed sweeps his way through the town. His mood starts of as something tiny, but as he lets it take over it really grows. But it's about learning to control it and stop it before it gets so big. A great book which is perfect for helping your children understand there anger and help control it.
28th October '18
I read it to fifebookboy aged 6 aged 6
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5 stars
This is a great book about being in a bad mood. Ed is in a really bad mood so decides to do some serious sweeping, it's Autumn after all and there are lots of leaves around. But it's not just leaves he is sweeping up, Ed knows he has gone too far in sweeping everything else up but he isn't sure what he can do about it. The book explains how small actions can help our moods and see the world as a better place. Gorgeous illustrations, lots of details and architectural styles to enjoy! Really helpful for talking to children about bad moods and anger.
3rd September '18
I read it to PixieRabbit aged 5 aged 5
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5 stars
My 5 year old was quite taken with this book, she has been experiencing big emotions recently and the metaphor of the pile of leaves growing as Ed’s emotions get out of hand was something she could get to grips with.
Sometimes our feelings do feel like the illustrations capture with the leaves piling up and sweeping even innocent uninvolved people into its wake.
It inspired a conversation about how to stop the leaves getting out of control in our own emotions which is brilliant.
This is one of the books I’m adding to our calm down collection, that she can choose to peruse when she recognises she is feeling big feelings.
30th August '18
I read it to Beach20 aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
A refreshing book that addresses how to deal with moods and emotions. The book helps the child understand what a mood is and how to help control it. I would recommend from age 4/reception class as doubt a child younger would understand the story. 
Wonderful to see a book the doesn’t have ‘fluffy’ story line or illustrations but has a purpose and helps build confidence/resilience. 
The illustrations are great and match the story of Ed very well. 
24th October '18
I read it to acorn book club aged 3 to 5 & to Tilly Pip aged 3 aged 3
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5 stars
This is a beautifully illustrated and written book.  I read it to our kids book club and afterwards we talked about emotions and how we deal with strong feelings.  it really hit a chord with the kids and they all engaged with discussions well which was helped by talking about Ed in the book.  Wonderful!
30th October '18
I read it to nnkelly aged 4 aged 4
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5 stars
This is such a wonderful book, a fantastic way to help a child to understand how to deal with frustration and anger, in a way that they will understand and take on board. We tend to read it together when tensions are high and it helps so much. I really rate this book. 
16th September '18
I read it to EricPeter aged 4 aged 4
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4 stars
I was excited to share this book with my four-year old son, as I have been looking for a resource to help him deal with mood swings and overwhelming emotions, as he comes to terms with having a baby brother and also with starting school.
We both loved the beautiful cover of the book, with the gorgeous shiny autumn leaves. The illustrations throughout were delightful, and the balance of text and pictures was just right. I liked the way the layout of the text often mimicked the leaves, and important words were larger or in italics. It made it easy to emphasize when reading out loud. 
The story itself was a clever metaphor, which described how our mood builds and can become darker and darker, until everything appears just awful. My son and I were able to discuss how when we feel so down, we forget to look at the beautiful things all around us. I do feel that the book will provide further opportunities to explore feelings, and it's one I will save for my second son, and probably also use in the primary classroom. Books like this are really useful, and the engaging story, pictures and language made it a pleasure to share with my son. 
24th September '18
I read it to SophiaW aged 1 aged 1 & to LollyN aged 10 aged 10
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4 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book to my daughter and niece. The book demonstrates to children the importance of dealing with their emotions and frustrations before their feelings overwhelm them. Although the message may be a little bit difficult for younger readers to understand, the illustrations are absolutely beautiful, therefore this book is suitable for children of all ages. One we will read over and over again!
12th November '18
Sienna3 read it themselves aged 3 months aged 0
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4 stars
This book helps teach children about emotions. This is very important for children as when they are young they sometimes struggle with this. I love the autumnal theme of the illustrations this is probably because autum is my favourite month. If you are going to choose a book this is a must have for children. 
16th December '18
I read it to pe324 aged 3 aged 3
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4 stars
Lovely book about emotions and how they can escalate into bigger things without you meaning them to. My one issue is that the bad mood disappears with the wind changing - which is lovely for the story but not really how to get over a bad mood in real life. But a small gripe for what is a really lovely book. The illustrations are beautifully done, and lots to spot in the pictures for little readers too.
6th September '18
I read it to Dextaft aged 3 aged 3
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4 stars
Read to my three year old after many attempts.He just could not really understand the story. Although he did really enjoy the illustrations. As a parent reading the book to my child it has a lovely meaning but just not really a story book my three year old enjoyed.
4th September '18
I read it to swalkee aged 3 aged 3
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3 stars
I liked how the book opened up a conversation about when we are feeling frustrated/angry and how we can deal with it. We found the book a little strange to read though as it's not really like a story as such, as my son is used to.

He did enjoy the illustrations and pointing things out and asking questions from this 
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About Louise Greig

Lo Cole is an internationally acclaimed illustrator and printmaker. Lo Cole creates illustrations for a wide number of clients including The Times, New Scientist, Vogue, Sony Music, Greenpeace and The Royal Shakespeare Company. His interactive picture book Hide and Spot: Zoo on the Move has been translated into 12 languages.

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About Julia Sarda

Llanos Martinez Campos was born in Albacete, Spain. After leaving her psychology studies at the University of Granada, Campos joined a theater troupe and began writing performance pieces for children and adults. Since then, she has won several awards, including the pre...

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