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Monkey Colors

Monkey Colors

by Darrin Lunde

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Meet twelve monkeys from around the world in this playful introduction to colors. Some monkeys are brown and some are red. Some have orange feet. One monkey even has a blue face, yellow cheeks, a red tail, and a white moustache.


Meet twelve monkeys from around the world in this playful introduction to colors. Some monkeys are brown and some are red. Some have orange feet. One monkey even has a blue face, yellow cheeks, a red tail, and a white moustache.

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School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Simply written, this is an elementary introduction to 12 kinds of monkeys, including Midas tamarins, silvered langurs, and mandrills. The text is set in a large, easy-to-read font; clear, realistic watercolor and ink illustrations are labeled with the names of the animals in small type. "Some monkeys are yellow, and some are red" is illustrated by the woolly spider and red howler monkeys, respectively. Back matter includes a paragraph with additional information for each monkey, and a world map shows the animals' home continents. With solid facts and good illustrations, this is a suitable introduction to monkeys for young children.—Alison Donnelly, Mississippi Valley Library District, Collinsville, IL
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"Monkeys come in many colors" is a repeated refrain as we are introduced to twelve different monkeys, some all one color and some many different colors. One kind changes color when mature; another kind has females of one color and males of another. Each monkey appears both alone on a page with a tiny identifying label, and in a group, as if seen in a natural history museum. Wynne uses watercolors and black ink to depict each monkey clearly as it rests on the branches of a tree. A very attractive brightly colored monkey on the jacket invites us to see the monkey colors inside. Several double-page scenes portray the group in a jungle setting, but it is noted that they would never appear that way in nature, since they come from different areas. After the very simple sentence per page in large type under its picture, each monkey is shown again with further information on the final pages. There is also an informative world map showing where each monkey lives. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews
"Monkeys come in many colors." Repeating this statement as a refrain, Lunde and Wynne describe 12 monkey species in simple sentences. The monkeys are grouped into three categories: four whose fur is a single all-over color (yellow, red, brown, orange); four who have colorful features or stripes; and four whose colors vary with sex or age or gender or who are truly multicolored. Each individual watercolor-and-ink illustration includes a tiny label; most also show a simplified version of the animal's habitat. Sections begin with the refrain on a double-page spread. The first spread shows all 12 species; the second, the first four described; then eight, and finally all 12 in a museum diorama. These offer an identification game, an additional way for readers to engage with the material. The backmatter includes another picture of each species plus an interesting fact or two, as well as a world map showing where each can be found. A final author's note on the copyright page reminds readers that the 12 would never be seen together in the wild, only in a natural history museum. The author and illustrator, who both work at such museums, have collaborated successfully before, most recently in Hello, Baby Beluga (2011). Simple and effective, a charming early reader about variety in the natural world. (Informational picture book. 4-7)

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Meet the Author

Darrin Lunde has worked as a mammalogist at the American Museum of Natural History and at the Smithsonian Institute. His work has brought him into contact with all kinds of animals, big and small, throughout the remote forests of South America, Africa, and Asia where he camped for months at a time to survey species diversity and to discover new species. He is the author of HELLO, BUMBLEBEE BAT, a Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Honor Book, AFTER THE KILL, and other books about animals. He lives in Washington, DC.

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