Monkey and Elephant's Worst Fight Ever!

Monkey and Elephant's Worst Fight Ever!

by Michael Townsend
     
 

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Monkey thought Elephant was his best friend. He was even bringing him some surprise cupcakes-and found a party going on that he wasn't invited to! Elephant thought Monkey was his best friend. He was even planning a surprise wrestling party for him-but then Monkey put all his favorite toys in the freezer! From there the war of revenge is on, and life on their small… See more details below

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Monkey thought Elephant was his best friend. He was even bringing him some surprise cupcakes-and found a party going on that he wasn't invited to! Elephant thought Monkey was his best friend. He was even planning a surprise wrestling party for him-but then Monkey put all his favorite toys in the freezer! From there the war of revenge is on, and life on their small island is becoming dangerous! Until the townsfolk find a creative way to make Monkey and Elephant talk out their problems (cement shoes, a boat, and a chisel are involved . . .). Happily, Monkey and Elephant realize their fight was based on a misundersanding. But if only they had talked sooner, innocent teddies wouldn't need defrosting. This is a laugh-out-loud comedy of a book with the helpful message that "using your words" is infinitely better than, say, painting a mean face on their butt.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Young readers will relate to the injured feelings and unkind pranks in this comics-inspired book, presented in stylized, aptly silly doodles. When Monkey peeks in Elephant's window and sees animals donning costumes, he assumes his best friend has left him out of the fun. A three-panel strip pictures Monkey's transition "from feeling sad... to feeling mad." He freezes Elephant's toys in blocks of ice, and Elephant—who has no idea why Monkey is upset—decides to punish him, too. In separate spreads, both pals reflect on the fun they have had gathering pet rocks and watching pro wrestling. Yet they feel wronged and seek revenge: Elephant whitewashes Monkey's pet rocks, and Monkey opens the jars containing Elephant's prized "smell collection." In each case, Townsend (Billy Tartle in Say Cheese!) pictures the victim gasping and the trickster grinning maliciously, giving readers both points of view. His goofy pen-and-ink illustrations, tinted with flat digital color, look jejune. Yet his sense of the "all-out war" between ex-buddies rings true, and the other animals' friendly intervention suggests ways to clear up a misunderstanding (or avoid one in the first place). Ages 5–8. (Mar.)
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"The heavy-line cartoon illustrations populated by simple, rubber-limbed characters relate the instructive tale with pitch-perfect notes of humor and silliness that never approach the didactic."
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Children's Literature - Amy McMillan
Any child who has had the misfortune of getting into a fight (and who hasn't?) will appreciate this silly book. Monkey and Elephant are best friends. One night Monkey is bringing Elephant a treat when he peeks in the window and sees everyone else from the island where they live gathered and having a party without him. He becomes sad and angry, wondering why his friend would treat him this way and decides to get even. The next day Elephant is shocked by what his friend has done and decides to get even right back. Soon everyone on the island is caught in the crossfire and they take it upon themselves to fix the situation, sending Monkey and Elephant off in a boat by themselves where they are forced to talk it out and work together to clear up the misunderstandings. When all is forgiven the islanders welcome them back and everything goes back to normal. Readers will chuckle at the animal's pranks and empathize with their plights. The illustrations are cartoon-like with exaggerated facial expressions and over-the-top antics and many of the pages are divided into panels making it a perfect book for budding graphic novel aficionados. It would also make a lively read-aloud for a bunch of rowdy boys! Reviewer: Amy McMillan
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—On a small island in the sea, Monkey is seen carrying a tray of cupcakes to Elephant's house. As the well-intentioned visitor peers through the window, he spies what appears to be a costume party in full swing. His tearful feelings of exclusion soon turn to anger, and his first act of revenge is to put Elephant's toys in the freezer. The confused pachyderm retaliates, and soon the mayhem is so violent that it causes destruction to their neighbors' property. The community hatches a plan to force the former friends to settle their differences, and all ends well when Elephant explains that he was planning a surprise wrestling match for his buddy. This slight story is presented in flat, digitally colored caricatures. Panels alternate with full bleeds to frame the large speech bubbles and busy action scenes. While children may chuckle at some of the humor (Monkey paints a smiling face on Elephant's posterior while the latter is sleeping), a few of the jokes are forced, some of the situations are illogical, and the premise is a bit contrived. For stronger stories that mix comedy and tension when characters jump to conclusions or misunderstand a situation, try Harry Allard's "The Stupids" titles (Houghton), Sue Denim's "Dumb Bunny" books (Scholastic), or Peggy Parish's "Amelia Bedelia" series (HarperCollins)—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
Kirkus Reviews - Kikus Reviews

One evening, Monkey decides to surprise his best friend, Elephant, with a tray of cupcakes. When he arrives at Elephant's house, he thinks he sees a costume party going on inside. Monkey runs away in tears. Why wasn't he invited? His sadness turns to anger, and he sneaks into Elephant's house to deep-freeze all of Elephant's toys. So Elephant gets Monkey back by giving the multitudinous Bunny family the key to Monkey's house, and Monkey gets Elephant back by painting a silly face on his rump when he's asleep...it only gets worse and louder and more violent! The other animals on the island can't stand it, so they devise an ingenious plan to get the two best friends back together. After recriminations ("You froze my toys!") come realizations ("I should have just asked you about it!"), hugs and apologies, and all goes nearly back to normal. Townsend's tale of a fight fueled by misunderstanding and then revenge is told in a hybrid of graphic panels and traditional full-page and spot illustrations. The heavy-line cartoon illustrations populated by simple, rubber-limbed characters relate the instructive tale with pitch-perfect notes of humor and silliness that never approach the didactic. (Picture book. 4-8)

Kirkus Reviews

One evening, Monkey decides to surprise his best friend, Elephant, with a tray of cupcakes. When he arrives at Elephant's house, he thinks he sees a costume party going on inside. Monkey runs away in tears. Why wasn't he invited? His sadness turns to anger, and he sneaks into Elephant's house to deep-freeze all of Elephant's toys. So Elephant gets Monkey back by giving the multitudinous Bunny family the key to Monkey's house, and Monkey gets Elephant back by painting a silly face on his rump when he's asleep...it only gets worse and louder and more violent! The other animals on the island can't stand it, so they devise an ingenious plan to get the two best friends back together. After recriminations ("You froze my toys!") come realizations ("I should have just asked you about it!"), hugs and apologies, and all goes nearly back to normal. Townsend's tale of a fight fueled by misunderstanding and then revenge is told in a hybrid of graphic panels and traditional full-page and spot illustrations. The heavy-line cartoon illustrations populated by simple, rubber-limbed characters relate the instructive tale with pitch-perfect notes of humor and silliness that never approach the didactic. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385375894
Publisher:
Random House Childrens Books
Publication date:
04/24/2013
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Lexile:
AD450L (what's this?)
File size:
15 MB
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"The heavy-line cartoon illustrations populated by simple, rubber-limbed characters relate the instructive tale with pitch-perfect notes of humor and silliness that never approach the didactic."
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