A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
A gentle message that feeling your feelings is fine. Shows that taking a minute to step back when you're angry can help change your outlook.
Take time to pay attention to things that are good when you're feeling upset or frustrated. Appreciate friends.
Positive Role Models
Norman helps Jim focus on what he enjoys and be present in the moment.
Visual representation of different kinds of winter holiday celebrations, including Hanukkah (nine candles in a menorah) and Kwanzaa (seven candles in a kinara), although the names of those holidays are not mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Suzanne Lang's funny, poignant Grumpy Monkey Oh, No! Christmas brings angry foot-stomping and scowling faces to life with a heartwarming lesson about gratitude in this lovely holiday story. Young readers and their parents can relate to all the ways a day or a holiday can go wrong, and can appreciate the lesson in bringing the focus back to what is good and appreciated. While the title specifies Christmas, many other holiday celebrations are included in the illustrations.
Is It Any Good?
Jim Panzee's facial expressions are a fantastic touch to this funny, sweet, wonderfully illustrated holiday celebration. Grumpy Monkey Oh, No! Christmas is a fun, funny, and warm story about the healing power of friendships and the powerful impact of a positive outlook. Jim is stuck in the doldrums, and Norman helps him change his perspective. He takes time, gives Jim space and quiet, and doesn't try to force happiness on Jim. Norman lets Jim come around to happiness on his own, a powerful reminder that feelings matter.
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