A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Learn what sounds, smells, and habits some animals have.
It's OK to be scared. Being with friends and being curious can give you courage to face uncertain things.
Positive Role Models
Each of the friends reassures Jim that he's safe even though he hears strange noises that scare him.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Suzanne Lang's Grumpy Monkey Don't Be Scared is the latest in the bestselling Grumpy Monkey book series. This funny, delightfully illustrated picture book is about supportive jungle friends on a spooky Halloween quest for treats. Walking through the darkness, Jim Panzee and his pals reassure each other about the scary sounds they hear. They are supportive, and no one is made fun of for their feelings. There's one minor jump scare for Jim, but little readers won't be scared. The friends look to see what's making the sounds, showing courage and curiosity as they hope for excellent Halloween treats. There are two pages of colorful stickers at the end of the book.
Is It Any Good?
With a great combination of eye-catching illustrations and funny conversations, this colorful picture book is fun to read alone and delightful to read aloud. It's easy to see why Grump Monkey Don't Be Scared is a bestseller -- with it's lovely combination of silliness and supportive friendships. Young readers won't be worried for Jim, and even though he's worried enough for all his jungle friends, they reassure him that there's nothing to fear. The friends have a kindness in their silliness, a feeling that jumps off the pages with their expressive, colorful faces. A reassuring read for little worriers and great modeling for bold readers who want to help their nervous buddies be a little more adventurous.
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