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Monkey Ono
ISBN: 9780670785056
Author: Phillipps, J. C.
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Published: March 2013
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: Left behind when his family goes to the beach, Monkey Ono enlists the help of Java the cat and Telly the dog in a series of ill-conceived plans to join in on Beach Day.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Toys, Dolls, Puppets
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Library of Congress Subjects:
Monkeys; Fiction.
Cats; Fiction.
Dogs; Fiction.
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2012016777
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Target Grade: Preschool
Grade level: Preschool
Physical Information: 0.50" H x 50.00" L x 9.00" W
Bargain Category: Picture Books, Early Elementary
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Contributor Bio(s): IV>J. C. Phillips has studied art, theater, and mask-making. She loves TV, movies, chocolate, pizza, and her young son, with whom she shares her art studio. She and her family live in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall)
Left at home, stuffed toy Monkey Ono hatches unsuccessful madcap plans to join the family at the beach until he realizes he can create his own beach in the backyard ("BOOM! Beach Day!"). It's a cute story of creativity and perseverance, but the humor is dependent on Monkey Ono's catchphrase ("Oh noooo!"). The textured cut-paper collages are detailed and dynamic.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2013 February #1)

The purple toy monkey of the title devises a series of ingenious but comically doomed strategies to get to the beach after being left behind by his owners. Phillipps's (Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap) cut-paper collages—embellished with watercolor, crayon, and stitching—convey energy, movement, and frustration in a way that few artists working in this medium can match. But the real stars of her story are the hand-drawn and goofily schematic three-step plans that reflect the workings of Monkey Ono's fevered brain. It's hard to pick a favorite scheme, although "Operation: Swirlie," which involves having the family cat flush Monkey Ono out to the shore, is a surefire giggle-inducer. While not quite at the humor level of Melanie Watts's Scaredy Squirrel books, Monkey Ono's obsession is a fresh and welcome take on the standard monkeys-are-mischievous premise. Monkey's Ono's toddlerlike, "woe is me" tantrums will generate knowing laughs, and the monkey's emphatic catchphrases—including "Bananza!" Boom! Beach Day!" and the best "Oh nooo!" this side of Mr. Bill—are likely to work their way into readers' lexicons. Ages 2–5. Agent: Scott Treimel NY. (Mar.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2013 March)

PreS-K—In this debut story, a toy monkey uses his ingenuity to solve his problem of not being included in his boy's family's day at the beach. Monkey Ono is a planner, as evidenced by the notebook in which he draws: "Step One: Hide in Beach Bag; Step Two: Stow away in car; Step Three: Jump out." Children can repeat phrases such as "Bananza!" whenever the little chimp develops a new scheme and "Oh, noooo!" when his new idea is thwarted. In the end, a successful strategy is settled upon by his pals, Telly the dog and Java the cat. Preschoolers will be able to decipher the wordless frames on the spread as the trio makes a final attempt at outdoor fun. The colorful collage artwork employs a variety of textured materials to add interest to each page. However, because the attractive illustrations are stronger than the plot, consider this book as supplemental summer material.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

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