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Monkey with a Tool Belt

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2011

    Cute name but story isn't age appropriate

    I bought this for my son thinking it would be really cute and it is for the first few pages....then, in a plot line that flows like mud, Chico abruptly gets kidnapped by an organ grinder and has to escape. The monkey with a tool belt idea is cute and the monkey's name is cute but that's it. Story is awful and illustrations are cartoonish and nothing to rave about. I would avoid and go for a monkey book with a little more of a story and better flow.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

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    Chico Bon Bon - what a great name.

    "Monkey with a Tool Belt" is about exactly that, a monkey with a tool belt. His name is Chico Bon Bon. He uses his tool belt to build things for his friends and to solve problems. The problem he needs to solve in this story is escaping from the organ grinder who plans to put him in the circus. Chico Bon Bon teaches children that with the proper tools and a little ingenuity you can accomplish a great deal, including overcoming challenges.

    Chico Bon Bon - what a great name. I like it and my granddaughter loves to say it. As a fellow IPPY award winner, I originally purchased "Monkey with a Tool Belt" to checkout the competition. It was not my favorite book but I learned a valuable lesson in that it is one of my granddaughter's new favorite books. Go figure, it appeals to its intended market - children. She likes the excitement and suspense of Chico getting captured and then later escaping. There are two parts that make the book interactive for a child like my granddaughter. The first is a full spread showing the long and winding road that the organ grinder rides his bike across, with an entrapped Chico strapped to the back. The text reads, "He road a long, long way." However, my granddaughter slowly traces the whole road and all its loops and turns with her index finger. The text becomes "He rode a long, long, long, long, loooooooong, looooooooooooong, long, long, long, loooooooooong, long, long way. She loves it! She also traces along with her finger when Chico escapes and runs away down another road. My granddaughter likes the cartoon style humor and illustrations. Now back to Chico Bon Bon. The first page of the story has an illustration of Chico wearing his tool belt. It reads, "Here is Chico Bon Bon." One time I tried to take a shortcut through the book by starting on page four and paraphrasing, "The monkey with a tool belt was quite handy . . ."

    My granddaughter said, "No. From the beginning."

    I guess it's just not the same without "Here is Chico Bon Bon."

    Through my granddaughter's eyes this book has grown on me. I plan to purchase Ms. Monroe's "Monkey with a Tool Belt" and "The Noisy Problem" as a gift for my granddaughter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2009

    Favorite Book For Four Year Old!

    My almost five year old LOVES this book. He has asked us to read it to him every night since he got it (as a Christmas gift). It is well written, the pictures are detailed, and yet it's funny and not too long. Something about this book just captivates him...he has it memorized as do we!

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