Big Monkey Mix-Up

Big Monkey Mix-Up

by Pamela Jane, Cathy Bobak
     
 
Everybody in Benjamin's class has lost a tooth--except him. During a chaotic day in the cafeteria, he finds a tooth on the floor and decides to keep it and pretend it's his. When he finds out about a missing monkey from the zoo, Benjamin realizes that the mystery tooth belongs to the runaway monkey, which is hiding in the school and causing everyone trouble. Benjamin

Overview

Everybody in Benjamin's class has lost a tooth--except him. During a chaotic day in the cafeteria, he finds a tooth on the floor and decides to keep it and pretend it's his. When he finds out about a missing monkey from the zoo, Benjamin realizes that the mystery tooth belongs to the runaway monkey, which is hiding in the school and causing everyone trouble. Benjamin decides to come up with a plan to lure the monkey out into the open and stop the chaos.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-4Embarrassed that he still has all his baby teeth, second-grader Benjamin finds a tooth that he believes his classmate has lost and claims it as his own. Then the school is vandalized and other strange things happen. A newspaper story about a missing monkey provides an important clue in the case; using that knowledge, Benjamin helps rescuers capture the elusive animal. This makes him an instant hero. More importantly, however, he loses a tooth. This easy chapter book starts off slowly, and the characters are lightly drawn. The lengthy emphasis on Benjamin's stigma in the first few chapters may not hold readers' interest, and the black-and-white illustrations add little to the story. The events that occur after the child discovers the monkey's tooth, however, are more enjoyable as they give the plot an unexpected twist. The humorous presentation of Benjamin's encounters with the monkey will also be appreciated by younger children, and the easy-to-follow story line should engage reluctant readers once they get by the opening chapters. Benjamin's adventures will appeal to children's imaginations, and the upbeat (if predictable) outcome should satisfy readers. Similar stories include David Adler's Cam Jansen and the Mystery at the Monkey House (Viking, 1985) and Eth Clifford's Harvey's Marvelous Monkey Mystery (Houghton, 1987).Jennifer Oyama, Los Angeles Public Library, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380789511
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.55(h) x 0.24(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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