A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Information about different types of primates.
Time with friends can be help improve a bad mood.
Positive Role Models
Jim's friends show empathy and work together to help him get what he says he needs.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grumpy Monkey Freshly Squeezed, by Suzanne Lang, is a delightfully funny graphic novel for young readers that expertly conveys the animals' feelings with a quick facial expression or change in body language. Illustrator Max Lang brings the animals' empathy and attempts at teamwork to life, and the vocabulary and repetition is great for emerging readers. As an additional layer of fun, adults reading aloud can relate to the way main character Jim Panzee feels when his time alone is interrupted: His facial expressions reflect patience, exasperation, relief, and everything in between.
Is It Any Good?
The graphic novel format is a perfect fit for the antics of Jim Panzee and his jungle friends, showcasing the great facial expressions and story details that are so much fun for early readers. Grumpy Monkey Freshly Squeezed is an engaging, giggle-inducing story of friendships, flexibility, empathy, and patience, paired with bright illustrations that have a remarkable way of conveying emotion with a raised eyebrow or slumped shoulder. The themes of the story are great for discussion, helping readers understand the times that they or others need alone time.
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