Brown, Marc Monkey Not Ready For the Baby (Monkey Not Ready series) PICTURE BOOK. Alfred A. Knopf (Random House), 2016. $16.99.
Monkey is going to be a big brother soon, but he’s not quite ready for the new baby. Eventually, he warms to the idea after helping his parents prepare for the baby’s arrival. This is the second book in Brown’s “Monkey Not Ready…” series. Although separate from the Arthur series, children will see minor guest appearances from familiar characters.
The book is filled with bright, colored pencil drawn illustrations and short, simple sentences. The colorful, crayon written text adds to the appeal of the book. There are many books already in print about adapting to a new sibling and this book. This is a book that parents may want to read to their child to prepare them for a new sibling. However, I don’t think it needs to be in a school library, especially if there are already books about new sibling anxiety on the shelves.
Pre-K, EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL. Reviewer: Nancy W.