Thursday, September 11, 2008

Big Little Monkey


Schaefer, Carole Lexa. 2008. Big Little Monkey. Illustrated by Pierre Pratt. Candlewick.

I loved this one. I just loved it. This is what the jacket flap says,
"Early one morning, Little Monkey wakes up and looks around. His whole family is still asleep. Is Little Monkey brave enough and big enough to go find someone else to play with? He thinks so! And he swings away, bim-ba-lah, bim-ba-lah, hand over hand--until he finds just the right playmates in just the right place.
Carole Lexa Schaefer and Pierre Pratt have crafted a sweet and funny story about our first attempts to be independent--and about how we still need home and family most of all."
The text is wonderful. It's rhythmic. It's fun. It's just a great story. The author captures what it's like to be small and full of energy and impatient. I could immediately identify with Little Monkey.

Definitely recommended.

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

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