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Grumpy Monkey Hardcover – Picture Book, May 15, 2018
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"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." —Kirkus Reviews
"Crisp illustrations featuring a broad cast of animated, boldly colored animals ...will draw readers into Jim’s situation until the reassuring outcome. " —Booklist
"[A] reassuring picture book about feelings." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author
MAX LANG is an animation director, storyboard artist, character designer, and illustrator. He codirected the adaptation of The Gruffalo, which was nominated for an Oscar and a BAFTA, as well as the adaptation of the picture book Room on the Broom, which has won numerous awards including the Cristal for Best TV Production at this year's Annecy Animation Festival.
- Lexile measure : AD460L
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Grade level : Preschool - 2
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553537865
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553537864
- Dimensions : 10.31 x 0.34 x 10.38 inches
- Publisher : Random House Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (May 15, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 3 - 7 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
The moral is too subtle for young people. And, the lesson that “they should be careful of hurting others in the process” is missing entirely.
My synopsis of the book would be:
Grumpy Monkey is grumpy. His friends notice and “should all over him,” you should do this, do that, try this.
Grumpy Monkey tries the suggestions, and he looks happy, but he’s not. Grumpy Monkey blows up at his friends, yelling and beating his chest. Grumpy Monkey isolates in the jungle. One of Grumpy Monkey’s friends find him. Grumpy Monkey is still grumpy but will probably feel better soon. Monkey’s friend says, “it’s a good day to be grumpy.” That’s it.
This book does not model what to do when you’re grumpy or what to do if you blow up at other people.
This book would be better if Grumpy Monkey's jungle friends learned that:
-It's okay to be grumpy
-It's important to communicate what you need (space, a hug, acceptance etcetera)
-If you do blow up, you take ownership for your behavior and apologize
-If your friend communicates an emotional need, do your best to support them
I bought this book for a child who has a parent who is mentally ill. I believe this book—without intending to—normalizes blowing up at people and then isolating (exactly what the parent does). The parent does not apologize. The child’s feelings are never addressed. This book reinforces all of that. Obviously, I’m disappointed in this book.