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Monkey Walk
Contributor(s): Madden, Colleen
ISBN: 0544888987     ISBN-13: 9780544888982
Publisher: Clarion Books
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: May 2018
Annotation: "At the zoo with her family, a girl mopes around until she is asked to help rescue the zoo's penguins from boredom"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Zoos; Fiction.
Monkeys; Fiction.
Penguins; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Zoos
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017008210
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.50" H x 10.25" W x 0.50" (0.98 lbs) 48 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 April)

PreS-Gr 1—This clever, nearly wordless picture book creates an adventure that includes a lesson on turning off devices and enjoying the world without ever becoming didactic. En route to the zoo, a cranky girl sits crammed between her twin toddler siblings, engrossed in her electronic device. Upon arrival, her oblivious mother takes a break from her phone to send the protagonist on the "monkey walk." Inside, a shaggy arm steals her hat. Next a trunk appears, distracting her while the arm takes her device, setting off a chain of wacky events as the child tries to get her device back. She succeeds but also learns a lesson. Smiling in the car home, she entertains her siblings with penguin puppets, the device ignored. Madden does a great job of moving the story along, incorporating comic-style boxes along with single pages and spreads to portray movement and propel the action. The understated humor in both the absurd story and the characters' reactions work perfectly, and her cartoonish style effectively represents the story's emotions. VERDICT This tongue-in-cheek adventure will be a worthwhile addition to any collection, especially those looking for books on decreasing screen time.—Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

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