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I am sure I will not be the only one to write this same review. After owning all of the previous Grumpy Money books, this one unfortunately was a failure. This latest iteration is a complete departure from the previous books and their format. Before, we had full page illustrated drawings, which allowed for my child to fully take in the picture, its context, and the story; we now have a comic book format of multiple cells and a massively disjointed story.
There was no ability to focus on the story, as it progressed extremely quickly through each cell. This gave no time for my child to grasp and appreciate what was going on before the page was flipped. This is only further exacerbated by the tiny size of the book; again a departure from the larger formats before. To make matters worse, on top of the rapid and disjointed story, they somehow thought it was a good idea to put pages of interjections in the story arc to talk about nonsensical things like DIY fruit meals, side informational stories about differences between primates, etc.
I was trying to read this and be upbeat as possible, but even my son who just turned two, closed the book and said "no more, dont like it". I felt the same way!
Please go back to the previous format which worked so wonderfully! This book, is an utter travesty.
This book is really fun, my 3 year old is obsessed with it. It’s a lot longer than the other books and keeps him entertained. It has a comic book feel to it which is fun for a change. The only thing I’m not a huge fan of is my toddler yelling “papaya fight!!!” at bed time haha. Also, I like the size of the book. Its comfortable to hold and easy to take on the go.
Returned...so disappointing! Our 3 previously-purchased Grumpy Monkey books continue to be frequently requested by our 4-7 year-old granddaughters 1+ year later. With that in mind I had faith the author would present the bizarre (children's???) subject matter of a stress ball in an entertaining, humorous, and age-appropriate manner. After all, the description clearly states this is a children's book written for 5-8 year-olds. Sadly, the author completely misses all the marks and, furthermore, the strange and boring content is presented in a much too disjointed manner to be categorized as a beginner graphic novel. I am so disappointed in this book that I sadly will now be skeptical of any future Grumpy Monkey book(s).
Suzanne and Max Lang are truly a wonderful team. The writing by Suzanne is so clever and appeals to both kids and their grown-ups. And we all just love the illustrations by Max. My 5 year old loves his artwork and the detailed expressions on all the characters. He also loves finding all the little creatures hidden in the jungle that Max has so thoughtfully drawn on each page. It has become a game, we count how many creatures we can find and each one is drawn with such detail and comedic cuteness. We have all of the Lang books and this new one is so funny and just as darling as their others.
The kids love the grumpy monkey series. After nearly 2 years of social distancing, little ones are easily grumpy. These books helped them focus on reading while seeing a beloved character also feel as they do. They have a new mantra now and it's adorable. Looking forward to more in this series.
This is a different style and story than the other Grumpy Monkey books. While my kids enjoy it some, they don’t ask for it like they do the other grumpy monkey books. The storyline is a bit trite with odd little mini lessons peppered throughout the book. It felt like they had a book concept for a children’s book but expanded the size to fit a graphic novel - not much there.