- Grade Level: Preschool and up
- Board book: 32 pages
- Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 15, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0593123999
- ISBN-13: 978-0593123997
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grumpy Monkey Board book – October 15, 2019
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"Suzanne Lang's encouragement to sit with your emotions (thus allowing them to pass) is nearly Buddhist in its take, and it will be great bibliotherapy for the crabby, cranky, and cross. Oscar-nominated animator Max Lang's cartoony illustrations lighten the mood without making light of Jim's mood; Jim has comically long arms, and his facial expressions are quite funny." —Kirkus Reviews
"Crisp illustrations featuring a broad cast of animated, boldly colored animals against white backgrounds (except a bright red page when Jim really loses it) will draw readers into Jim’s situation until the reassuring outcome. Although their helpfulness is part of the problem, the animals are enthusiastic, kind-hearted souls trying to be good friends." —Booklist
"A monkey learns to ride out a wave of emotion in this reassuring picture book about feelings." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
MAX LANG is the illustrator of the picture books Grumpy Monkey; Families, Families, Families! and Hooray for Kids! He is also an Oscar-nominated, BAFTA and Emmy-winning animation director.
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I bought this for my 7 yr old niece who was born with a hole in her brain. She is mentally and physically handicapped, not in ways you'd notice right off the bat but she is definitely a very grumpy child who is more irrational than most, if you can even imagine that.
The story line for this book is very disappointing, for one reason. It starts out with a grumpy Jim. He's grumpy & doesn't know why. He essentially lashes out to all his friends in the jungle who are trying to help him feel better and turn around his mood, then runs off on his own feeling bad about being mean to his friends....and that's really it! HE NEVER APOLOGIES to his friends who were just trying to help him! To me that sends such a bad message. You can send the message, it's ok to be grumpy sometimes but still be respectful to your friends or at least show that it's wrong to lash out! Very disappointing message here. I'm hesitant to even give this book to my niece. Not sure if I'll be keeping this one, it just doesn't seem like a right fit to me.
The book itself, is very well constructed. It is definitely not a cheap book by any means. This seems like the quality of something you'd buy at Barnes & Noble but spend $30 instead of $10. The illustration isn't that great. It starts out with very vibrant colors but quickly dulls down to flat and dark colors for mostly the remainder fo the book.
Overall, I'm very disappointed with this book because of the message it sends. They had a great opportunity to show that sometimes you need to apologise for being mean when you're grumpy.