This addition to Raising Star Readers features the theme “If you read it, they will come.”
As Connie (Gigi to her grandchildren) explains: “Our reading team hit a bump in the road! On a recent trip to Colorado, I introduced the picture book Grumpy Monkey (written by Suzanne Lang and illustrated by Max Lang) to Priya (now 2½) and Nikhil (now 10 months). This is a funny, sweet story about allowing yourself to have a bad day every once in a while for no particular reason.
“Nikhil absolutely did not want to sit on my lap to look at the book. He did, however, want to manhandle the bright red shiny dust jacket.
Priya did not want to sit and read either, though she was intrigued by the title. She kept repeating, “grumpy monkey” as she puttered around the porch with her armful of toys. It wasn’t until Grandpa picked up the book, began to read aloud, and clearly enjoyed the story, that Priya couldn’t resist coming in for a look. Hence the moral of the story: If you read it, they will come!
“With the addition of Grandpa, our reading team has now grown by one. And Priya’s dad reports that since we left, Grumpy Monkey is Priya’s most requested bedtime story. It seems she has added Jim Panzee, Marabou, and Norman to her list of beloved book friends.”
Connie is a former buyer for Creative Kidstuff stores in Minneapolis. She currently lives in Montana, where she enjoys the great outdoors with her family and one extra-energetic dog. She is the author of several picture books, including Rare and Blue: Finding Nature’s Treasures, forthcoming from Charlesbridge on June 16, 2020. Connie feels sure that Priya and Nikhil will be captivated by Alan Marks’ stunning illustrations for the book. You can find Connie online at www.constancevanhoven.com.
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