Momo and Snap

Momo and Snap

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by Airlie Anderson

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Hilarious story told without words, only assorted grunts and noises. How a competitive relationship between a crocodile and a monkey turns into a supportive one.See more details below

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Hilarious story told without words, only assorted grunts and noises. How a competitive relationship between a crocodile and a monkey turns into a supportive one.

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Publishers Weekly
When Momo, a tiny brown monkey, and Snap, a remarkably long crocodile, first meet—with an “Eek!” and an “Ack!”—all they can think about is one-upmanship. They make daunting noises in an attempt to frighten each other (“Scree!” “Hiss!”) and challenge one another to feats of agility, artistry, and athleticism (including juggling, balancing, drawing, diving, and swimming). But when three hungry lions appear eager to turn Momo into a meal, Snap instinctively carries his rival to safety, launching a beautiful friendship. The text is composed entirely of the exclamatory sounds the two make; fishing barehanded, they declare “Yee haw!” and “Woo Hoo!” and they chortle away after the lions leave empty-handed. Unfortunately, Anderson’s decision to tell her story almost entirely along a single plane only highlights the flatness of her two heroes—who look more like cartoon marginalia than full-fledged characters—and their rather vanilla talents. Anderson (Cows in the Kitchen) milks some fun out of this duo’s competitive spirit, but there are funnier books available about rivalry and friendship. Ages 3–7. (Nov.)
Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
Momo, a monkey, and Snap, an alligator, are two very different creatures that find themselves in a humorous competition told strictly by their actions and sounds. It is a unique way to convey a message that children will find very enjoyable. The tale is conveyed through beautifully illustrated pictures that capture readers’ attention with their vibrant colors. It is easy to follow these two unique beings as they learn they must work together and cooperate to elude danger. Young readers will be delighted by the friendship that is created between Momo and Snap by the end of the story. This book is a great way to introduce the concepts of friendship, working together, and being unique to young readers. Both educators and parents will find this book a great read aloud or it can be also used for independent reading. Children will be amused and delighted, begging for it to be read again. Reviewer: Lisette Baez; Ages 5 to 8.
School Library Journal
PreS-K—Momo the monkey and Snap the crocodile are frightened of each other at first, uttering "Eek!" and "Ack!" After trading their most fearsome growls ("Grrr!" "Arrrgh!"), they proceed to try to outdo each other in a series of charming feats of strength. In one scene, Momo juggles bananas while Snap balances them on her nose. Bold spreads and single pages with backgrounds of various hues accent the two characters, painted in a cartoon style with emotive faces. Although the text is minimal—one or two speech bubble sounds or words per page-the illustrations push the adventure along as Momo and Snap tumble around a desert, dive underwater, and, ultimately, hide together from lions in a jungle thicket. This picture book will be a hit, inviting vocalization of "Sheesh!" "Sploosh!" and the like, and spurring youngsters to interpret the pictures and sounds as the tale progresses.—Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
A crocodile and a monkey learn the value of friendship. When Momo and Snap first meet, they are anything but friends. In fact, they are downright rivals. Momo shows off his impressive monkey sounds: "Ooo ooo aaa!"; Snap responds with a loud "Rrrrrg!" Momo snarls and says, "Scree!"; Snaps lets out an angry "Hiss!" Momo jumps into a one-handed handstand, but Snap can do acrobatics too. And juggling bananas? Snap can balance them on his snout! This one-upmanship continues on land and in water, until a trio of lionesses come looking for dinner. Snap suddenly scoops Momo up and rushes to the nearby bushes to hide. Their differences are forgotten, and a friendship is born! However, this simple plot has a twist in its telling. Anderson uses only sounds and bright, cheery illustrations to convey the story. Before Snap meets Momo, for example, he is out for a walk casually humming an adorable "Tum ti tum!" And when Momo is underwater, he bubbles, "Blip blip blip!" With few words, Snap, the stubby-legged crocodile, and Momo, the chubby, round monkey, give young readers a chance to turn into young storytellers. A sweet reminder of how one act of kindness can change the course of many an argument. (Picture book. 3-8)

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Child's Play-International
Publication date:
Child's Play Library
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Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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