The Bad Mood and the Stick


By Lemony Snicket

Illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

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  1. Hardcover $18.99
  2. ebook $9.99 $12.99 CAD

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New York Times bestselling author Lemony Snicket sheds light on the way bad moods come and go.

Once there was a bad mood and a stick.

The stick appeared when a tree dropped it.

Where did the bad mood come from?

Who picked up the stick?

And where is the bad mood off to now?

You never know what is going to happen.


  • * "Snicket fans will love this book."
    Kirkus Reviews, starred review
  • * "Expressive action-filled illustrations [will] make the reader giggle and frown."
    School Library Connection, starred review
  • "Snicket's quirky narrative voice and observations of events both great and lowly make this a fine readaloud--and a sure cure for a bad mood."
    Publishers Weekly
  • "A cheerfully wacky read-aloud sure to brighten listeners' moods."
    School Library Journal
  • "This light take on a negative feeling may be useful to adults working with children."
    Horn Book
  • "[The Bad Mood and the Stick] offers a playful way to talk about feelings we've all experienced."
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On Sale
Oct 3, 2017
Page Count
48 pages

Lemony Snicket

About the Author

Lemony Snicket is the author of the thirteen volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events; several picture books, including The Dark and The Bad Mood and the Stick; and the books collectively titled All the Wrong Questions.

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Matthew Forsythe

About the Illustrator

Matthew Forsythe is the illustrator of the New York Times Notable Children’s Book My Name is Elizabeth and was the lead designer on the television series Adventure Time. He was born in Toronto and now splits his time between Montreal and Southern Ontario, where he designs and illustrates.

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