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 Grumpy monkey party time! (Grumpy Monkey)
 Author: Lang, Suzanne

 Publisher:  Random House (2019)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [39] p., col. ill., 26 cm

 BTSB No: 541372 ISBN: 9780593118627
 Ages: 3-7 Grades: K-2

 Parties -- Fiction
 Mood (Psychology) -- Fiction
 Chimpanzees -- Fiction
 Animals -- Fiction

Price: $23.28

Porcupine is having a big party, and according to Jim's best friend Norman, there will be--gulp--dancing. Jim DEFINITELY cannot dance. Jim is dipped, swayed, and twirled until he can't take it anymore--he just doesn't like to dance! When he lets everyone know, he's met with disbelief ... until Water Buffalo reveals that he doesn't much care to dance either. Does this mean there's no place for them at this party?

 Illustrator: Lang, Max

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   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 505169

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Booklist - 09/01/2019 Simian scowler Jim Panzee, introduced in Grumpy Monkey (2018), again falls afoul of a horde of too-helpful animal friends when, upon receiving a party invitation, confesses that he doesn’t know how to dance. Observant readers will notice that throughout the wild rumpus, which culminates in a double gatefold conga line, Jim looks increasingly unhappy. Finally he bursts out to general astonishment that he really doesn’t like dancing—and as it turns out, neither do Water Buffalo, Maribou, or Bat. Fortunately, there’s more to a good party than dancing; once Jim discovers the food (including worried-looking rabbit labeled “Fresh Meat”), the games (including tag, led by that rabbit), and the pleasure of simply hanging out with friends, the miserable experience becomes a “great time.” Though somewhat a remake of the previous episode, the emphasis changes from recognizing one’s own feelings to having the courage to express them, providing a decent thematic foundation. Carping critics will note that Jim is no more a “monkey” than Curious George . . . but, hey, that banana was peeled long ago. - Copyright 2019 Booklist.

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