Grumpy Monkey Spring Fever

Random House Studio. (Grumpy Monkey). Jan. 2024. 32p. Tr $11.99. ISBN 9780593652336.
PreS-Gr 1–Jim Panzee the chimpanzee wakes one morning bursting with energy. “Why do I feel so silly?” he asks a friend, Norman. The answer might be “spring fever.” Horrified, Jim sets off through the jungle, asking all of his neighbors for help to cure his illness. The animals suggest a variety of mindfulness tactics: smell some lavender, take deep breaths, have a cup of tea, but these only make Jim more energetic. Finally, Norman makes a wise suggestion: Jim should enjoy himself rather than seek a cure! As with previous books, Lang’s story encourages readers to embrace their emotions. Jim’s friends highlight many useful tools that children can use when they are feeling rowdy. However, when these tools fail to make an impact on Jim, he chooses to embrace his feelings and find constructive ways to let his energy out.
VERDICT A good book to have on hand for more raucous story hours; many children will find comfort in the familiar characters and story structure, but this will also suit any child needing to get the wiggles out.

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