Pre-Order Phuc Tran's CRANKY

Print is proud to be working with local author, Phuc Tran, in support of his debut picture book, Cranky

All copies will be signed by the author and can be personalized—make sure to include any requests in the order comments during checkout!

From the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Food Group series, Pete Oswald, and debut picture book author Phuc Tran, this is a hilarious picture book about big trucksbig feelings, and even bigger friendships!

It's the last day at the construction site and Cranky the crane truck is feeling, well, cranky. And he doesn't want to talk about it. His friends Zippy, Wheezy, and Dump Chuck try to cheer him up. But you know what doesn't help when you're feeling cranky? A lot of talking.

But what will help? 

With Phuc Tran’s hilarious text and Pete Oswald’s bold expressive illustrations, this tale that’s Grumpy Monkey meets The Little Blue Truck shows young readers how kind friends and honesty are the perfect tools for navigating strong emotions. 

Phuc Tran is an award-winning writer, tattooer, and Latin teacher (for which he has won no awards). Lots of things make Phuc cranky: being too cold, being too hot, staying up too late, getting up really early, wearing baggy socks, eating jaggedy cereal for breakfast. Cranky is his first children’s book. His memoir Sigh, Gone received the New England Book Award, the Maine Literary Award, and was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, Audible, and others. Phuc lives in Portland Maine with his wife (who is rarely cranky) and his two daughters (who are sometimes cranky). “Phuc” is pronounced like “Luke” but with an F. Learn more at

Cranky (Cranky and Friends) By Phuc Tran, Pete Oswald (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Phuc Tran, Pete Oswald (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780063256286
Availability: Recently On Our Shelves
Published: HarperCollins - February 6th, 2024