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Grumpy Monkey
Contributor(s): Lang, Suzanne, Lang, Max (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0553537865     ISBN-13: 9780553537864
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2018
Annotation: A laugh-out-loud story about the challenges of unexplained and suppressed feelings depicts a chimpanzee whose mysterious bad mood escalates into a meltdown when his friends give well-intentioned advice instead of just letting him have a much-needed grumpy day that does not have to involve hurting the feelings of others. Illustrated by the co-director of The Gruffalo adaptation.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mood (Psychology); Fiction.
Chimpanzees; Fiction.
Animals; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Apes, Monkeys, Etc.
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017022108
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 10.00" W x 0.50" (1.00 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

A monkey learns to ride out a wave of emotion in this reassuring picture book about feelings from the creators of Families, Families, Families! After Jim Panzee wakes up on the wrong side of the tree, nothing seems right: "The sun was too bright, the sky was too blue, and the bananas were too sweet." His neighbor Norman suggests that he may just be grumpy, though Jim insists that's not the problem. On a walk through the jungle, everyone he meets offers advice for changing his mood: "‘You should sing with us!'/... ‘You should lie in the grass!'/... ‘You should take a bath!'" When he's had his fill of cheery recommendations, he storms off. It's not until he re-encounters Norman, who's now nursing an injury, that Jim realizes they will both "probably feel better soon enough," and that he just needs to be grumpy for a while. Lang nimbly creates an animal cast with expressive cartoonish eyes and exaggerated facial expressions, which make their antics in the playful text all the more humorous. Ages 4–8. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

PreS-K—Monkey Jim Panzee (the different-species name isn't explained) is feeling a bit off, and the other animals can tell. He says he's not grumpy, but they insist that he is, and everyone has an opinion on how to feel better, advice that will teach readers about animal characteristics along the way. "You should sing with us!," say the birds. "You should roll with us!," say the zebras. The peacocks suggest a stroll. It's not until Jim's friend Norman the gorilla empathizes and the buddies settle into the doldrums together that Jim can finally relax. They concur that "It's a wonderful day to be grumpy." Max Lang's bright watercolors of animals doing their thing are winning accompaniments to the narrative's welcome message that it's OK to be down sometimes. VERDICT A welcome companion to Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. A solid choice for picture book and SEL collections.—Henrietta Verma, Credo Reference, Jackson Heights, NY

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