Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
A hilarious picture book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jory John, paired with new illustrator Erin Kraan, about a bear whose friends help him make it through a bad day!
Jeff the bear has definitely forgotten something. He ate his breakfast, he watered his plant, he combed his fur…what could it be? Why does he feel so oddly off? So he asks his friend Anders the rabbit what could possibly be wrong. It couldn’t have anything to do with the fact that he’s wearing underwear…over his fur…could it?
Something’s Wrong! is another read-out-loud, laugh-out-loud picture book from bestselling and beloved author Jory John, about that horrible nagging feeling that it just might not be your day—but you know you have a friend to support you no matter what.
About: Something’s Wrong! is a picture book written by Jory John and illustrated by Erin Kraan. It was recently published on 3/23/2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are animals, picture book, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 6. According to the publisher’s website, “Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, established in 1953, is an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. We are committed to publishing books of the highest literary quality for children and teenagers. FSG BYR is known for its award-winning list of fiction, nonfiction, and picture books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Something’s Wrong! for my daughter’s bedtime on 3/26/2021 and finished it that same night. I have since read it again twice and my 9 year old son read it and loved it too. This book was so cute! Definitely relatable! One time I went shopping and wore a dress inside out and nobody said a word to me! I only noticed it when I got home. How humiliating! I always tell people that they have food or lipstick stuck to their teeth. They felt embarrassed and thanked me. So this book, the bear was sweating trying to remember something that he forgot. I loved the part where his trusted friend came to the rescue and made other animals feel like they were the weird ones. The ending was awesome! The back of this book was just too cute not to smile!
Something’s Wrong! followed a bear named Jeff. He woke up and went through his morning routine. As he left the house, he felt uneasy, like something’s wrong but he couldn’t remember what. He stopped to say hi to all the forest animals he passed by even though he was sweating on the inside, he tried to pretend nothing’s amiss. Nobody commented anything to his face but he felt their stares. He decided to find his trusted friend Anders because he believed Anders will tell him if something’s wrong. When he found Anders, Anders stuttered at the sight of Jeff!
Something’s Wrong! was a great book! The illustrations were excellent. I loved all of the staring big eyes of the forest animals! I’m glad my son decided to read this book because it taught him how to be a trusted friend and to see how helpful having a trusted friend can be. I got to participate in the week long activities to promote the launch of this book with the publisher and my son enjoyed decorating the underwear, completing the maze, and spotting the difference between two pictures. I’m so glad to be a part of the book’s excitement to its entrance into the world. (I’m most active on Instagram @howusefulitis so all of my extracurricular activities are on there). I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: friendship, animals, underwear
About the Author and Illustrator:
Jory John is a #1 New York Times–bestselling author of books for both children and adults. His work includes the New York Times–bestselling picture books The Good Egg and The Bad Seed; the award-winning Bear & Duck series; the popular picture books Something’s Wrong!, Penguin Problems, and Giraffe Problems; and the New York Times–bestselling The Terrible Two series. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Learn more at joryjohn.com. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
Erin Kraan is a children’s book illustrator, woodcutter, and printmaker. She loves the process of carving her characters into wood and seeing how their quirky and whimsical identities come to life through the ink in the prints. You can often find her doodling while drinking coffee and wearing cozy socks that are usually inside out or backwards. Something’s Wrong! is her debut picture book. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).