"No. 10 on the bestseller list for much of September at the Book Works, Del Mar, Calif., as reported to the San Diego Union-Tribune, was Mr. Grumpy by Roger Hargreaves. Jet Hopster, publicity manager of the Book Works, commented: "We like to think our customers found a wonderful way to express their frustrations and worries about the economic crisis. The ultimate example of the importance of art."
Ah, I loved the Mr. Men books when I was a kid. They still make me smile, even Mr. Grumpy.
Coincidentally, (sort of) last week I met Jeremy Tankard, the author of the cute picture book Grumpy Bird, about a bird who wakes up too grumpy to fly until his animal friends snap him out of it.
Sometimes I definitely feel like Little Miss Grumpy or like Grumpy Bird and apparently other folks do at the moment, too.