Sunday, October 12, 2014

Monkey Ono by J. C. Phillipps -- ADVISABLE

Phillipps, J. C. Monkey Ono. PICTURE BOOK. Viking Juvenile, 2013. $16.99. Content: G.

It's beach day for Monkey Ono's family, and he is determined to join them. But when his plan backfires and his family leaves without him, he has to figure out a new way to the beach. Nothing works, though. Will Monkey Ono have to give up on having the beach day he craves?

This is a hilarious story about one toy monkey's refusal to miss out. Monkey Ono's creativity and optimistic outlook are inspiring; while each failure disappoints him, he comes right back with a new plan and loads of enthusiasm. Children who enjoy silly humor will likely giggle at the image of Monkey Ono trying to flush himself down the toilet or, later, ending up stuck inside a neighbor's pair of underwear.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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