Monkey See, Monkey Zoo

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When a monkey in the zoo overhears a little boy talking about his first day of school, she begins to dream of a life outside her cage. She gets her chance when the boy leaves his backpack behind! After an exciting zoo escape, the monkey sets off on a journey to return the backpack. Of course, along the way, there is plenty of monkey business…

The third Animal Tale is a funny adventure full of mischief and daring, just right for readers who are graduating from chapter books. ...

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Overview

When a monkey in the zoo overhears a little boy talking about his first day of school, she begins to dream of a life outside her cage. She gets her chance when the boy leaves his backpack behind! After an exciting zoo escape, the monkey sets off on a journey to return the backpack. Of course, along the way, there is plenty of monkey business…

The third Animal Tale is a funny adventure full of mischief and daring, just right for readers who are graduating from chapter books. Evocative black-and-white art throughout will encourage and charm young readers.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 3–4—Willa the monkey lives at the zoo, which she likes well enough, but she has a nagging desire to know what lies beyond the Monkey Pit. One day, she has a reason to act when a child visitor leaves his backpack behind. Willa wants to return it, but she also thinks: "I suddenly want, more than anything, to know what's on the other side." So begins her wild adventure in the Human City. Readers will be in suspense wondering if the monkey will succeed in returning the backpack, and if she will emerge from her journey unscathed. Told from Willa's perspective, the story snaps right along with one close call after another. However, unremarkable writing and logical inconsistencies (the monkeys speak in their own language but can still understand English) detract from the story. Another concern is that the subject matter may be too babyish for the children able to read the text. Not an essential purchase by any means, but possibly a consideration for libraries in which other books in the series are popular.—Amy Holland, Hamlin Public Library, Rochester, NY
Kirkus Reviews

Roll out the barrel of monkeys--no, wait, make that one spunky monkey named Willa, short for Princess Willoughby Wallaby Fluff (she wears a tiara), who has a one-day adventure, à la Bill and Ted's Excellent one, monkey style. Telling her story from her monkey's-eye point-of-view, Willa relates her fascination with the humans in the neighboring zoo cage, especially when they leave treasures behind, like mittens or candy bars. When a boy named Carter leaves his new school backpack by accident, Willa jumps the enclosure in an effort to find him and return it. A wild chase ensues on the backs of cars and atop buses, with a young chipmunk, self-named "Chipmunkey" after calling itself first Willa, then Carter, riding in the pack and giving advice when they get lost in Human City. Sly references to human behavior are particularly witty. Kids will enjoy this silly "monkey business," the third in the Animal Tales series, and find it armpit-fart funny. Black-and-white drawings not seen. (Animal fantasy. 8-10)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599905587
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 968,383
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

ERIN SODERBERG has written a Candy Apple for Scholastic, some Romantic Comedies for Pulse, and an upcoming edgy YA stand alone. She's also a brand-manager for Nickelodeon. Erin lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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