Monkey Ono

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Monkey Ono is not exactly a real monkey, but he really, really wants to go to the beach! So when Beach Day arrives, and the children who own him forget the bag he's in, Monkey Ono does not take this lying down, like most stuffed animals would. Oh no, he's got a plan. In fact he's got many, many plans. From riding the family dog to ricocheting through the sky to diving down the water pipes. All end with hilarious results, but not exactly according to plan. Will Monkey Ono ever ...

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Overview

Monkey Ono is not exactly a real monkey, but he really, really wants to go to the beach! So when Beach Day arrives, and the children who own him forget the bag he's in, Monkey Ono does not take this lying down, like most stuffed animals would. Oh no, he's got a plan. In fact he's got many, many plans. From riding the family dog to ricocheting through the sky to diving down the water pipes. All end with hilarious results, but not exactly according to plan. Will Monkey Ono ever get to the beach?? Only if the beach comes to him...

J.C. Phillipps’s spirited text and stunning illustrations, done in colorful cut paper collage, deliver a humorous story with a great message—try and try again!

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Publishers Weekly
The purple toy monkey of the title devises a series of ingenious but comically doomed strategies to get to the beach after being left behind by his owners. Phillipps’s (Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap) cut-paper collages—embellished with watercolor, crayon, and stitching—convey energy, movement, and frustration in a way that few artists working in this medium can match. But the real stars of her story are the hand-drawn and goofily schematic three-step plans that reflect the workings of Monkey Ono’s fevered brain. It’s hard to pick a favorite scheme, although “Operation: Swirlie,” which involves having the family cat flush Monkey Ono out to the shore, is a surefire giggle-inducer. While not quite at the humor level of Melanie Watts’s Scaredy Squirrel books, Monkey Ono’s obsession is a fresh and welcome take on the standard monkeys-are-mischievous premise. Monkey’s Ono’s toddlerlike, “woe is me” tantrums will generate knowing laughs, and the monkey’s emphatic catchphrases—including “Bananza!” Boom! Beach Day!” and the best “Oh nooo!” this side of Mr. Bill—are likely to work their way into readers’ lexicons. Ages 2–5. Agent: Scott Treimel NY. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
Monkey Ono is a toy monkey who is very excited. It is Beach Day, the day when his owners are going to the beach. Monkey Ono is excited to stow away so that he can enjoy the fun of being at the beach. However, the bag that he stowed away in was not one that was taken to the beach. Now Monkey Ono is trying to find a new way to get to the beach. Perhaps he can get the dog to take him, get flushed down the toilet to the beach, or be flung from the hammock to the beach. When all three of these plans do not work, Monkey Ono becomes very glum. Luckily, the day is saved when Monkey Ono and the pet dog, cat, and fish come up with a new plan for a Beach Day at home. He will lay in the dirt while soaking his feet in the bird bath and looking at the pet fish. Playing in the sand, getting your feet wet, and looking at fish are all part of Beach Day! This is a humorous tale of one toy monkey who is determined to enjoy the beach. The delightful textured illustrations keep readers looking at details over and over again. The child-like drawings of Monkey Ono's plans will help youngsters relate to the grand plans of a kid (or toy) big on dreams though perhaps imperfect in execution. Reviewer: Joella Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-K—In this debut story, a toy monkey uses his ingenuity to solve his problem of not being included in his boy's family's day at the beach. Monkey Ono is a planner, as evidenced by the notebook in which he draws: "Step One: Hide in Beach Bag; Step Two: Stow away in car; Step Three: Jump out." Children can repeat phrases such as "Bananza!" whenever the little chimp develops a new scheme and "Oh, noooo!" when his new idea is thwarted. In the end, a successful strategy is settled upon by his pals, Telly the dog and Java the cat. Preschoolers will be able to decipher the wordless frames on the spread as the trio makes a final attempt at outdoor fun. The colorful collage artwork employs a variety of textured materials to add interest to each page. However, because the attractive illustrations are stronger than the plot, consider this book as supplemental summer material.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Stuffed animal Monkey Ono loves Beach Day (almost as much as making plans…). Operation Beach Day: "Step One: Hide in beach bag. Step Two: Stow away in car. Step Three: Jump out. ‘BOOM! Beach Day!' " But the beach bag containing Monkey Ono is left behind! A tantrum ensues…until "BANANZA!" He thinks of a new plan. He will get Telly the dog to sniff the boy's sock in the hopes that Telly will be inspired to track the boy to the beach--with Monkey Ono on his back. Alas, Telly just buries Monkey Ono in the sandbox. A flush down the toilet doesn't get Monkey Ono to the beach. Using the hammock as a slingshot only gets him tangled in the neighbor's laundry (the underwear, of course). He'll never get to build sand castles or soak his feet or watch the fish…unless, with the help of Telly and Java the cat (and some creativity): "BOOM! BEACH DAY!" At home. Phillipps' exuberant cut-paper collage illustrations feature Monkey Ono's hand-drawn plans for beach success as well as occasional speech balloons. The results of each plan will have listeners in stitches. They will identify with his enthusiasm and learn a thing or two about creativity and cooperation. Everyone loves a beach day, and they'll love Monkey Ono too--Bananza! (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670785056
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Publication date: 3/7/2013
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 813,888
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

J. C. Phillips has studied art, theater, and mask-making. She loves TV, movies, chocolate, pizza, and her young son, with whom she shares her art studio. She and her family live in West Hartford, Connecticut.

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