Grumpy Monkey's Little Book of Grumpiness (Board book) (Signed Copy)
What can make a grumpy monkey less grumpy? A ball? A banana? A rainbow? How about a frog in a fluffy wig? Nothing seems to work, but fortunately for young readers Jim's frown is finally turned upside down with the help of his good friend Norman.
With just a few words and truly expressive artwork Suzanne and Max Lang give toddlers the perfect funny book to help them deal with a grumpy mood.
This book is vastly important. It deals with one of the darkest parts of American history that is so often left untaught and overlooked: the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. This graphic novel tells George Takei’s story of going through that dark time as a child, with the strangeness of growing up in an interment camp, the weight his parents carried for the family, and the deep cultural and personal trauma left behind by the internment-- but also the inspiration this experience gave him to be an activist for change. This book is heavy but oh-so necessary and very moving, and it is truly a very engaging and enthralling read.
(Young Adult Graphic Novel, Ages 12+) - reviewed by Isabel