Big Little Monkey
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Big Little Monkey

by Carole Lexa Schaefer, Pierre Pratt
     
 
"Chee-chatta-chee!" A sweet, funny tale of a small monkey's first swings toward independence — and his new appreciation of the comforts of home

Early one morning in the big mango tree, Little Monkey wakes up and finds his whole family still asleep. Is Little Monkey brave enough and big enough to go find someone else to play with? He thinks so!

Overview

"Chee-chatta-chee!" A sweet, funny tale of a small monkey's first swings toward independence — and his new appreciation of the comforts of home

Early one morning in the big mango tree, Little Monkey wakes up and finds his whole family still asleep. Is Little Monkey brave enough and big enough to go find someone else to play with? He thinks so! And bim-ba-lah, bim-ba-lah, he swings away, hand over hand, until he finds a sloth to hang upside down with (too quiet), a parrot to sing along with (too squawky), and even a hissing boa to join in a game of Curl My Tail Around in Tricky Ways (way too tricky!). Will Little Monkey find just the right playmates, in just the right place?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carrie Hane Hung
The sun is out and it is early in the morning. Little Monkey is ready to play; however, the rest of his family is still sound asleep. Despite his mother telling him to quietly wait while everyone sleeps a little longer, Little Monkey has a hard time waiting patiently. He is raring to go and so he determines that he is grown up enough to go out on his own. He decides to venture out among the plush forest, swinging from tree to tree. He hangs out for a bit with Steady Sloth but finds the pace slow. Little Monkey unsuccessfully chatters with Proud Parrot and then runs into Sly Boa who has some different ideas about playing. Little Monkey discovers that he is grown up in some ways, but mother and home are still an important part of his life. The lush, rich greenery of the rainforest fills illustrations of Little Monkey's early morning adventure where he learns about independence. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 2

Little Monkey's family is asleep, so the "big little monkey" sets off to explore on his own. He tries to play with the creatures he meets, imitating something they do, but Steady Sloth is too quiet, Proud Parrot too squawky, and Sly Boa too tricky, so he heads back home. He decides that sometimes he is still his "Dear Mama['s]...Little Monkey." Schaefer's text has the style and cadences of a folktale with the effective refrain "bim-ba-lah, bim-ba-lah" appearing as the protagonist swings through the trees. Although at times she injects words such as "hey" into the text, at its best, the language shines as Little Monkey tells the boa: "...I am playing Curl My Tail Around in Tricky Ways. Like you." Pratt's stylized animals, done in sweeping, brightly colored acrylics, are reminiscent of Manya Stojic's work, and the mostly full-bleed illustrations with their color-saturated backgrounds are eye-catching and will carry well in storytimes. Little Monkey is a typical toddler, testing his limits and exploring his surroundings, but ultimately wanting the safety and reassurance of his mother's arms. With a simple text, well-placed page turns, and an accessible story line, Schaefer and Pratt's collaboration is a terrific addition to most collections.-Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

Kirkus Reviews
Life may be grander on the other side of big Mango Tree, Little Monkey surmises, as he leaves his sleeping mama and siblings in search of new friends. With a "bim-ba-lah, bim-ba-lah," he swings through the trees, meeting first Steady Sloth and then Proud Parrot. While Little Monkey insists he's large enough to befriend these jungle animals, he soon realizes that their styles collide with his own fledgling plans for independence. Swinging along his journey, he then meets Sly Boa, who has plans of his own for this energetic monkey. Jungle greens dominate the story's lush surroundings in Pratt's acrylic illustrations, while bursts of red and blue occasionally serve to contrast against the darker backdrop. The text unfolds in a storyteller's voice, punctuated by onomatopoeic refrains that listeners will learn quickly. Not surprisingly, Schaefer's lively pace returns Monkey to the Mango Tree to enjoy the sweeter side of life in this gently predictable tale. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763620066
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Carole Lexa Schaefer is the author of many acclaimed picture books for children, including DOWN IN THE WOODS AT SLEEPYTIME, illustrated by Vanessa Cabban, and THE BORA-BORA DRESS, illustrated by Catherine Stock. Carole Lexa Schaefer lives on Camano Island, Washington.

Pierre Pratt has illustrated and written many award-winning books, including THE LADDER, written by Halfdan Rasmussen and translated by Marilyn Nelson, which was selected as an Outstanding International Book by the United States Board on Books for Young People and the Children's Book Council. Pierre Pratt lives in Montreal.

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