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 Grumpy monkey too many bugs (Step Into Reading. Step 2, Grumpy Monkey)
 Author: Lang, Suzanne

 Publisher:  Random House (2024)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 32 p., col. ill., c2024.

 BTSB No: 541203 ISBN: 9780593434680
 Ages: 4-7 Grades: K-2

 Butterflies as pets -- Fiction
 Insects -- Fiction
 Chimpanzees -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction

Price: $14.99

At first Jim is impressed with Norman's new pet bugs, but he quickly becomes jealous of all the time Norman spends with them and when the bugs have babies, Jim declares Norman has too many pets.

 Illustrator: Lang, Max

   School Library Journal (00/05/24)

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School Library Journal - 05/01/2024 PreS-Gr 1—Step right up and into reading success with this delightful early reader, starring the one and only Grumpy Monkey. Jim Panzee wants so much to play with his gorilla friend, Norman. But Norman is too busy collecting bugs to play with him, and Jim feels left out. Relationships are tested as Jim's frustrations mount, and Norman begins to doubt his soft-hearted actions towards the bugs, quietly admitting, "They are quite a handful." Colorful animated illustrations, easy-to-read words, and simple science bug facts about butterflies ("Its name is Butterfly-Butterfly. It drinks nectar from flowers"), beetles, and grasshoppers will lead young readers right along in this entertaining story of friendship, curiosity, and caring for others that's gone a wee bit awry. This book is perfect for young ones learning to read, as it uses basic vocabulary and short sentences while telling an engaging story. VERDICT An energetic early reader with humorous illustrations that young readers will return to again and again.—Lyn Smith - Copyright 2024 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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