Grumpy Monkey: Up All Night

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Carrie Kingsley, Common Sense Media
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Funny take on sleepovers has insight, great illustrations.

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Educational Value

Awareness that sleep can have a big effect on mood and energy level.

Positive Messages

Being together with friends and family can be fun even if you aren't doing exactly what you want the entire time.

Positive Role Models

Jim's parents are kind, funny, and welcoming to their kids' friends.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grumpy Monkey: Up All Night is a fun, funny, and insightful look at kids' moods and family dynamics, and a delightful addition to Suzanne Lang's Grumpy Monkey series. Readers can relate to the excitement, energy, and twinge of fear that happens at a sleepover, and for the youngest readers, Tim Panzee's fear of strange sounds is a comforting reminder that everyone feels scared in the dark sometimes. The colorful illustrations are full of energy, emotion, and just the right amount of silliness.

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What's the story?

In GRUMPY MONKEY: UP ALL NIGHT, Jim Panzee and his gorilla friend Norman are going to a sleepover at his parents' tree, and Jim has big plans to stay up until dawn even though his mom jokingly warns him that he'll be grumpy. He has big expectations and a long list of activities he wants to do, but one by one everyone else falls asleep. He tries to stay up with his brother Tim, who hears strange sounds in the dark.

Is it any good?

With eye-catching, funny illustrations on each page and an enthusiastic approach to sleepovers kids can embrace, this picture book also provides space for deeper conversations. Family dynamics and Jim's own expectations give Grumpy Monkey: Up All Night depth that opens the door to conversations about bedtime fears, and the fun concept idea of a sleepover versus the sometimes difficult feelings about going to sleep in a different place. The simple sentences and crisp language keep the story moving, and Jim's expressions are both fun to see on the page and delightful to recreate while reading aloud.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Jim feels frustrated in Grumpy Monkey: Up All Night. How do you react when you have a plan in your head that doesn't happen?

  • What do you do when you hear noises as you're trying to go to sleep at night?

  • What do you think of sleepovers?

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For kids who love picture books and bedtime stories

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