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Bad Brows

Written by Jason Carter Eaton & illustrated by Mike Petrik
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Goodreads Rating - 4.2 / 5.0
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“Clever story and over-the-top illustrations join for a fun tale about eccentric eyebrows.”

Bernard—like presumably many readers—has not thought much about his eyebrows. But that changes one day when he wakes up with a set of eyebrows that cause him all kinds of problems. They make him look angry when he’s content, confused when he understands, and completely ridiculous for his school pictures. They hide from the barber when Bernard goes in for a trim, but afterward they progress from mischievous to malicious, knocking the ice cream scoops off his family’s cones at the local fair and—disgustingly—plunging themselves into Bernard’s toilet while he brushes his teeth. Just when Bernard is ready to lose hope, his own eyebrows return from vacation, and Bernard cheesily promises them that “from now on, you’ll always be on my mind.” Eaton concocts a clever tale from the everyday by personifying eyebrows, while Petrik truly gives life to the absurd tale with his hyperbolic brows. Readers will enjoy seeing Bernard’s changing expressions, which continue all the way through the endpapers. Bad Brows is an original, entertaining offering that succeeds because of Petrik’s outlandish design of the eyebrows and Eaton’s delivery of witty moments, including a surprise ending when both the origin of the bad brows and their next victim are revealed.

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Publisher Summary

Hilarity ensues when a boy’s eyebrows go rogue in this riotous picture book from the bestselling author of How to Train a Train

One morning, Bernard wakes up to find that his eyebrows have gone rogue. They’re sabotaging Picture Day, taunting his teacher, and growing, growing, growing out of control! All attempts to wrangle these bad brows just seem to make them angrier and more furrow-cious. Why are Bernard’s eyebrows behaving so badly? And what do they want? From Mike Petrik and bestselling author Jason Carter Eaton comes a hilarious romp about everything your face can—and does!—express.

What Kind of Book is Bad Brows

Quotes from Bad Brows

  • “Bernard’s brows weren’t just bad anymore—they were dangerous . . . and dastardly . . . and downright disgusting.”
  • “I know I never really thought about you before, brows,” said Bernard, “but from now on, you’ll always be on my mind.”

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • Bernard’s eyebrows do all kind of things that suggest he’s feeling some emotions he’s not actually feeling. What emotion do the eyebrows suggest he’s feeling, and what emotion is he actually feeling?

  • This story makes a funny story out of something very ordinary—our eyebrows. In his dedication, the author, Jason Carter Eaton, says his brows went really, really bad one day. Can you draw or tell a story using something “ordinary” that one day seemed different to you?

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

Mom of Boys
Mom of three little boys who love books about dragons, whangdoodles and magic.
3.75 / 7.0
The Book Snob Mom
Mom of boys. Lover of Harry Potter, Jane Austen and believes one can never own too many children's books!
4.25 / 7.0

There is some clever word play here and some funny moments, but all in all it felt a little too wonky and also lacking in plot.

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
4.25 / 7.0
The Goodfather
Favorite pastime? Reading with my kids. Just finished Nana Cracks the Case!
5.0 / 7.0

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Who Wrote Bad Brows

Jason Carter Eaton

Jason Carter Eaton is the bestselling author of numerous children’s books, including Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians!, The Catawampus Cat, How to Train a Train, How to Track a Truck, and the middle grade novel The Facttracker. Jason currently lives with his family in Westchester, NY where they have popped may awesome bubbles together.

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What Has Jason Carter Eaton Said About Bad Brows

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Jason Carter Eaton's Book Dedication

This one is for Lisa and Jonelle, because you were there when my brows went really, really bad. And you laughed. Nice.

Mike Petrik's Book Dedication

For Molly, Sam, and Luke

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Book Details

Publication Date:
March 24, 2020
Illustration Details:
The illustrations in this book were made with a combination of pencil, paper, and digital paint.

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