speech and language teaching concepts for Grumpy Monkey Don't be Scared in speech therapy
Frequent Speech Sounds:

​/air/ medial
/or/ medial
/j/ initial (Jim)
/sk/ initial
/n/ ​initial



Book Details:
Diverse Characters: N/A
Age Recommendation: Elementary

Grumpy Monkey Don’t be Scared

By Suzanne Lang

Grumpy Monkey and his jungle friends are trick-or-treating on Halloween amid strange noises and mysterious smells. Along the way, they are reminded that nothing can be scarier than returning home with no treats.

On the spookiest night of the year, Jim Panzee and his jungle friends brave the dark to collect treats. Not only does the jungle look different at night, it sounds different. What’s that knock-knock-knock and that HAHA HAHA HAHA? And the smell? PEE-YEW! “Don’t be scared,” they tell Jim. But then two glowing eyes flash overhead, and looking for treats is almost abandoned. Halloween in the jungle can be even scarier than trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood.

This spooky Halloween book can be used in speech therapy to target character analysis and the social/emotional concept of fear. This book is also great for targeting vocabulary and linguistic verbs, as well as /air/, /or/, /j/, /sk/ and /n/ sounds! Discover more of the speech and language teaching concepts for using Grumpy Monkey Don’t be Scared in speech therapy below: 

Key Teaching Concepts

Narrative Structure:

complete episode

Narrative Concepts:

character analysis
illustration study
verbs (linguistic)
text features


order of noises the night makes and the animals that appear on their walk


braved, eerie, creepy, Porcupine, Hyena, Aardvark, Warthog, shivered, startled, squeaked

Character Analysis:

Jim is scared of the noises on their Halloween walk. When his friends like Porcupine, Leslie, and Jim tell him not to be scared, he declares that he isn’t even though he really is and explodes when he sees the scariest creature of all. 


Jim learns that other animals can be just as scared of him as he is of them. He also learns that sometimes you have to be brave and stand up to your fears. 


verbs (linguistic) 

Text Features:

change in text color
enlarged text for emphasis
change in font


What do you think that noise is?
Who do you think will look behind the tree?
What animal do you think will be next?
What do you think the smell is?
Who is Polecat really?
What do you think will happen when Jim sees the big red eyes?
What do you think they will all do at the end?

If you are interested in seeing other Halloween books to use in therapy, then check out the Seasonal Teaching Points Book List for a printable copy.