Grumpy Monkey

by Suzanne Lang

Hardcover, 2018



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Random House Books for Young Readers (2018), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages


Jim Panzee wakes up in a bad mood one beautiful day, but he keeps denying he is grumpy even as his friends give advice for feeling better.

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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
One beautiful, sunny day, Jim Panzee wakes up feeling out of sorts. His next-door neighbor Norman assumes he feels grumpy, and proceeds to tell all of the other animals that this is the case. Everyone Jim meets tells him to cheer up, asking him to do something, from standing up straighter to
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smiling, that makes THEM feel better, but what can he do to make HIMSELF feel better?

An engaging picture-book exploration of those bad days when, for no real reason, one feels grouchy, Grumpy Monkey pairs an entertaining, thoughtful narrative with appealing, humorously expressive artwork. I appreciated the distinction made in author Suzanne Lang's story, between our external affect and our internal emotional state. The requests made by Jim's friends seem to have more to do with their discomfort at the former, rather than any concern at the latter, so the conclusion, in which Norman affirms that it is "a wonderful day to be grumpy," feels all the more satisfying. Recommended to little monkeys (and children) who have experienced a grumpy day.
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LibraryThing member lycomayflower
Jim the Monkey wakes up grumpy one morning. All his animal friends try to help him feel happy, suggesting all kinds of things, like smiling, unhunching his shoulders, hopping, and so on. Eventually Jim realizes that it's okay to feel grumpy and that if he just lets himself feel that way for a
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while, eventually he'll feel something different. I loved this book. The illustrations are great and very funny, and the message that it's okay to feel what you're feeling is presented perfectly.
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LibraryThing member trayceetee
This book was recommended by a friend--and I'm so glad I picked it up! It's absolutely perfect!!! I love it!!!
LibraryThing member jennybeast
Perfectly captures how annoying other people are when you wake up grumpy. Also, perfectly captures grumpiness. Funny in a very true way.
LibraryThing member sloth852
A funny book about feelings. We all have grumpy days, right?
LibraryThing member jfe16
When Jim Panzee gets up one morning, he is in a grumpy mood. His friends can’t understand why he is so grumpy on such a beautiful day . . . and Jim cannot explain his grumpiness to them. They try to cheer him up, but Jim is not willing to let go of his grumpiness.

Why is Jim grumpy? And can his
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friends help him feel better?


Seventh in the Grumpy Monkey series, this charming tale addresses feelings young readers may experience. In this story, Jim Panzee is grumpy in spite of his friends’ efforts to cheer him up.

The message for the young reader, ages two through five, is that there are times when they don’t feel happy . . . and it’s okay to have a time of grumpiness. Delightful, full-color illustrations in this picture book bring the story to life for the child.

Highly recommended.
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32 p.; 10.31 inches


0553537865 / 9780553537864
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