Coconut Mon

Coconut Mon

by Linda Breiner Milstein, Cheryl M. Taylor

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Taylor's (Guinea Pigs Don't Talk) dazzling cut-paper illustrations form the most potent aspect of this Caribbean counting book. Curvy, shimmery shapes in hot pinks, corals and electric blues suggest a sizzling tropical island; but paired with Milstein's (Amanda's Perfect Hair) contrived text, the overall effect is one of forced joviality. One by one, the Coconut Mon sells his ``LUV-ly coconuts,'' counting down with each sale and describing the features of his produce: ``Nine COOOOOOL coconuts.... Three TAAA-sty coconuts!'' Not only are these stretched-out vowels and hyper-hyphenation likely to frustrate beginning readers (and to irritate adults), but the book's primary aim-counting-is lost amidst a flurry of images. On several spreads, kids may even have trouble finding the prescribed number of remaining coconuts. Ages 3-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Karen White
This count down book features a Coconut Mon who dances his way through the streets of a Caribbean town rhythmically enticing people to buy coconuts. He starts with ten lovely coconuts and sings away all of them to amused people, who are eager to taste delicious, crunchy, beautiful coconuts. The bright, lively illustrations capture the mood of the people so well that the reader can almost hear the laughter and the steel drums playing. The pictures and the exaggerated language will intrigue toddlers. Pre-school and school-age children will enjoy counting backwards and recognizing number words.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
4 Years

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