Monkey See, Monkey Drawby Alex Beard
The monkeys that live at the foot of the Mbuno Hills in Africa love to play games. One day while playing Elephant in the Middle with their large friend, their ball, a nut from an ancient baobab tree, rolls into a cave where the troop of monkeys never go. It is dark inside and possibly filled with horrible beasts! When they venture in, they discover instead that the
The monkeys that live at the foot of the Mbuno Hills in Africa love to play games. One day while playing Elephant in the Middle with their large friend, their ball, a nut from an ancient baobab tree, rolls into a cave where the troop of monkeys never go. It is dark inside and possibly filled with horrible beasts! When they venture in, they discover instead that the walls are covered with paintings of animals. Elephant shows the monkeys how they too can create artwork using their hands and feet as “stamps” and mud as their medium. But things are never quite as easy as they seem.
Artist Alex Beard brings his love of exploration and painting to life with his signature animals in this charming tale about creativity and overcoming fears.
Near the Mbuno Hills in Africa, a troop of competitive monkeys learn a lesson in creativity from savvy Elephant. The monkeys love playing games like Ring Around the Rhino, Pin the Tail on the Warthog and Monkey in the Middle. One day Elephant leads the monkeys inside a cave, where they discover splendid paintings of animals created from handprints and footprints. When Elephant shows them how to make their own drawings using mud, handprints and footprints, the monkeys design a new game called Monkey See, Monkey Draw—till Elephant convinces them drawing's not a contest but a joy in its own right. Bold, imaginative and very comical pen, ink and watercolor illustrations rely on line, color, pattern and thumbprints to produce surreal, gangly blue monkeys frenetically cavorting and clambering across the pages. Trim borders focus attention on the main activity of each double-page spread, but monkey tails, arms and legs inevitably spill into margins filled with indigenous flora and fauna. Beard aptly conjures the look and feel of prehistoric cave paintings, inspiring readers to create their own. Wild and wonderful. (author's note)(Picture book. 4-8)
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
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- 8.70(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.50(d)
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- 4 - 8 Years
Meet the Author
Alex Beard is an artist whose work has been shown in New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong, among other cities. He is also the author of Abrams’s Jungle Grapevine, which Publishers Weekly called “visually compelling.” He lives with his wife and children in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he has a gallery. Visit him online at www.alexbeardstudio.com.
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