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Grumpy Monkey. 1, Freshly squeezed
2021
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In this laugh-out-loud graphic novel, Jim Panzee’s alone time is interrupted by all the animals in the jungle, causing him to pop his stress orange and forcing him to cross the jungle to get a new one! Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations. - (Baker & Taylor)

This early graphic novel chapter book based on the #1 New York Times bestselling Grumpy Monkey is perfect for children who love the original picture books and are ready for the next step. Features hilarious dialogue, multiple panels per page, and a longer storyline to keep kids laughing all the way to the end!

It's Wednesday! Which means it's time for Jim Panzee's weekly Wednesday walk. He wakes up, stretches a little, grabs his stress orange, and sets off. Jim's favorite part of the walk is the blissful silence. When he's alone, he can hear all the jungle sounds. Until . . . his best buddy, Norman, decides to join him. And before he knows it, Jim is followed by every animal in the jungle. It's all just too much. Now Jim and his not-so-helpful friends are on a quest across the jungle to find another stress orange before it is too late!
 
A warm and funny chapter book graphic novel about how to handle all of life's ups and downs from the creators of the #1 New York Times bestselling Grumpy Monkey. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Grumpy Monkey moves from picture books to a graphic-novel chapter book, in which he tolerates his friends' goofy antics during a group journey to an orange grove. Divided into three chapters of cartoon-style comics, with bonus interludes in between, the book features Jim Panzee, the protagonist of the Grumpy Monkey picture-book series. He is on his relaxing Wednesday Walk, stress orange in hand, but little is quiet about his journey once his jungle friends appear. After the accumulation of unwanted companions causes Jim to squeeze his stress orange so hard that he destroys it, the group seeks a replacement, stopping for a papaya fight, a splash party in the water, and some swinging from vines. They eventually escape angry parrots with the only orange the parrots didn't devour. There's a good dose of potty humor: Leslie the giraffe responds to Norman the gorilla's invitation to come along with "you bet your butt I do," and two spreads are devoted to poop humor (with Jim as the butt of the joke). There's also wordplay (a chapter called "Orange Ya Glad We Made It?"; Jim's repeated mantra, "Squeeze, squeeze, mind at ease"; and a guide to speaking Jim's nonsense language, in which the syllable ob is inserted before vowels in every word). That the book pauses for a "Primate Primer" with talking simians will be like pouring lemon juice on a cut for those readers who see in anthropomorphized monkeys a perpetuation of pernicious anti-Black stereotypes. Disappointing. (Graphic fiction. 6-10) Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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