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Marvin isn't like other gorillas. He doesn't stomp his feet and he never ever pounds his chest with a thump thump roar.

Marvin is mindful. He's focused. He's calm…and he's about to teach his grandpa to be a king of calm, too!

Includes a Reader's Note loaded with information about living mindfully and ways to become more calm, focused, and tuned in to the Great Big World around you.

About the Authors

Susan D. Sweet, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist and mother of two. She has worked in hospital, school, and community-based settings and is passionate about children's mental health and well-being. She is the co-author of Princess Penelopea Hates Peas: A Tale of Picky Eating and Avoiding Catastropeas and Cinderstella: A Tale of Planets Not Princes. Susan strives to be mindful, but still misses a moment or two. None of them involve chocolate.

Brenda S. Miles, PhD, is a pediatric neuropsychologist who has worked in hospital, rehabilitation, and school settings. She loves cool jazz, warm waves, puffy clouds, purple lilacs, and the taste of slightly green bananas. She is an author and co-author of several books for children, including Imagine a Rainbow: A Child's Guide for Soothing Pain and Move Your Mood! This is her first book about gorillas.

About the Illustrator

Bryan Langdo is the illustrator of more than 30 books for children and the author of two. His picture book Tornado Slim & the Magic Cowboy Hat (Two Lions, 2012) won a 2013 Spur Award for Storytelling from Western Writers of America. Bryan lives in Hopewell, New Jersey, with his wife and two children. When he's not working, he likes to be in the woods.

Reviews & Awards
  • Bronze medal winner in the 2018 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards

Mindfulness is so important for kids in this day and age, many of whom are being raised in a world of instant gratification, abundance of everything, and constant stimulation coming from screens. Marvin and Grandpa's mindfulness journey is a well-told example of how to exist in the moment, observe your surroundings, and stay calm instead of just looking for the next distraction…Like many of Magination Press's books, King Calm is a fantastic primer for emotional health, written by people who know whereof they speak, and told in an accessible way for children.
Portland Book Review

King Calm is a wonderful gateway for teaching mindfulness to children. The narrative manages to give explicit instructions on being mindful without being pedantic or dull.
Seattle Book Review

King Calm: Mindful Gorilla in the City is expressly recommended, especially for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children.
Midwest Book Review

This lively and edifying children's book…makes a good case for mindfulness as a spiritual practice that brings alive our senses of tasting, seeing, feeling, smelling, and listening…Highly recommended!
Spirituality & Practice

Additional Tabs

Reading is Fundamental logoThis book is part of the "Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Social Emotional Learning Collection"
Books in this collection are accompanied by FREE resources, including puzzles and word games, designed to enhance both literacy skills and socioemotional engagement of young readers.

Visit the RIF King Calm page for these resources.

Criss Cross Puzzle

Word Search

Memory Match