Grumpy Monkey: Too Many Bugs

Random. (Step into Reading). Jun. 2024. 32p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9780593434680; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9780593434673.
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.

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