Grumpy Monkey – Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang

  Grumpy Monkey – Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang, Random House, (9780553537864), 2018

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book? One day Jim Panzee, a chimpanzee, wakes in a bad mood: “The sun was too bright, the sky was too blue, and the bananas were too sweet.”  His friend Norman, a gorilla, suggests that he’s grumpy. They meet some other jungle friends, who also suggest that Jim is grumpy. His friends try to suggest activities to make him happy.  The birds want Jim to sing with them, the other monkeys tell Jim he should swing with them, and so on. Once everyone chimes in with cheerful suggestions, Jim yells “I’M NOT GRUMPY!” as he beats his chest.  Later, Jim feels sorry for yelling at his friends and realizes that he actually is grumpy. Jim goes back to apologize and finds that Norman is now grumpy after dancing with Porcupine and ending up with quills in his bottom.  The two friends agree that, as Norman says, “’It’s a wonderful day to be grumpy.’” But just sharing grumpiness with each other makes them each feel a little better. The bright illustrations are full of expression and perfectly complement the story.  This is a fun addition to stories about moods.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is the perfect book to bring a smile and a touch of fun to any reader having a bad day.  Pair it with Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard and The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen for a grumpy story time.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 6/20/18         


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1 Response to Grumpy Monkey – Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang

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