Momo and Snap

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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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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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846436031
  • Publisher: Child's Play-International
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Series: Child's Play Library
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    Lush, colorful and charming illustrations in this book with a me

    Lush, colorful and charming illustrations in this book with a message for all. 
    An innovative story addressing conflict resolution. Airlie Anderson's whimsical, expressive illustrations &
    simple text deliver an insightful message about relationships. An excellent teaching resource in the classroom
    or at home, this story inspires discussion and sharing of ideas with your student or child. Highly recommended !!!
    I've given this book over and over as a gift that is so enthusiastically received.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    My 2.75 year old son loves this book, and I love reading it with

    My 2.75 year old son loves this book, and I love reading it with him.  He loves the silliness of their interplay and enjoys the drama and suspense of the lionesses.  

    I love that while it is simple enough for him to "read" and enjoy on his own as the words are just sounds and pretty clearly indicated by the facial expressions and body language of the characters, there are words and plenty of action to talk about so I'm not searching for new words/ways to explain the SAME THING FOR THE BAJILLIONTH TIME as I am with the Good Dog, Carl books.  We also love David Weisner's books (Flotsam, Mr. Wuffles), but the simplicity of the illustrations, clarity of emotions and story progression seem less intimidating so my son is more actively engaged in the story instead of just passively listening to me explain the action or panel details-- he likes to make the sounds too, and because the emotions are so clearly communicated, he really seems to "get it" on his own and empathize with the characters.  I even took pictures of him while we read it one night because it was so fascinating to me to see him reflecting it all (laughing at them teasing each other, hands between knees with a concerned face while they were hiding from the lionesses).  

    Not to get too touchy-feely, but I also really like all the conversations about emotions and "playing nice" that this has sparked.  Some of it might be over his head, but I think it's helpful and as a mom whose kid is in a phase where he seems to be more into toys than people, it's nice to have something to reinforce the "a friend just wants to play with you" concept without playing the Daniel Tiger video and having to deal with the video withdrawal. ;) 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    This is a great book for babies, toddlers, and young children! I

    This is a great book for babies, toddlers, and young children! It's so unique and fun--my 3-year-old and 1-year-old can't get enough of it! It would make a perfect gift!

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