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Chico Bon Bon has a problem . . . a noisy problem. He wants to fix it. BUT HE CAN'T FIND IT! What's a monkey to do? Use his tools, of course. With his tool belt, Chico can do anything!

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Chico Bon Bon has a problem . . . a noisy problem. He wants to fix it. BUT HE CAN'T FIND IT! What's a monkey to do? Use his tools, of course. With his tool belt, Chico can do anything!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

A loud "Arooga Boom Clang Clang," awakens Chico Bon Bon (from Monkey with a Tool Belt) "early one morning." Armed with his vast number of tools, he seeks the root of the noise. A cross-section of the mansion-size tree house shows the enormity of Chico's task, and the source of the problem is certain to provoke laughs. Tiny ink detailing (every room of the house is distinctively patterned) lends a miniaturist charm, and the humor in Chico's industrious solution (delineated into step-by-step panels) warrants repeat readings. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

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Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
What do you do when a misguided elephant clogs your laundry chute? Call Chico BonBon, the Monkey with a Tool Belt, of course! Chris Monroe's Monkey with a Tool Belt is awakened by the wild sounds of "Arooga Boom Clang Clang." He scurries around inside and outside his colorful tree home trying to find the source of the frightening and agitating noise. What he does not initially realize is that Elsa, a friend of Clark the elephant, lives two trees away. Clark climbed into Chico BonBon's home thinking it was Elsa's, and he got stuck! When Chico finally discovers Clark the elephant clogging his laundry chute, he devises an ingenious plan (Plan B) that uses twelve bananas, a banana cannon, and a sticky winch to get Clark out safely. The big-eyed characters and watercolor, pen-and-ink, and marker illustrations blend to create a fun adventure and a story of an unusually formed friendship. This book is the second in the "Monkey with a Tool Belt" series. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Chico Bon Bon, the fix-it expert who debuted in Monkey with a Tool Belt (Carolrhoda, 2008), is trying to locate the cause of a loud and strange noise in his tree house. After much head-scratching and searching, the resourceful monkey finally identifies the source-it's Clark, an elephant who has become stuck in the laundry chute. Chico Bon Bon whips out some tools from his trusty tool belt and extricates the wayward Clark; Clark's admiration of Chico's do-it-yourself talents prompts the monkey to produce a size XXL tool belt for his neighbor. Rendered in thin black line and bright watercolors on visually diverse page spreads, the cartoon illustrations offer much to pore over and reflect this illustrator's trademark sense of quirky humor. The plot, however, feels forced and the ending is disappointingly flat.-Kathleen Finn, Winooski Memorial Library, VT

Kirkus Reviews
Industrious monkey saves mistaken elephant. Chico Bon Bon is awakened from a sound sleep in his tree house by a loud "AROOGA BOOM CLANG CLANG." Strapping on his trusty tool belt, the monkey thinks he spots the problem almost immediately, fixing a curtain rod that has fallen down in the strong wind. But the booming sound returns during Chico's breakfast, and he scours his tree house looking for the cause: stairs, hamper, chimney, the walls, even the pool-nothing. But later, Chico tosses some dirty clothes into the laundry chute and the noise comes booming back. With the aid of his flashlight, Chico discovers there's an elephant (named Clark) stuck in the chute! Monroe's imaginative illustrations play with composition as well as perspective, offering detail-minded readers endless surprises. The goofball text unfolds with tongue firmly in cheek, the vision of Clark wedged in the chute producing only a mild concern in Chico, who reflects, when Clark tells him he was looking for Elsa's house, just a couple trees over, that it "DOES look a lot like mine." A winner. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822592471
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Series: Carolrhoda Picture Bks
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 182,010
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Monroe's illustrations for Totally Uncool (Carolrhoda, 1998) were praised by Publishers Weekly as "[walking] an assured line between the childlike and the sophisticated." In reviewing the first Monkey with a Tool Belt book (Carolrhoda, 2008), Publishers Weekly called it "a treat for observant readers" and said that "Chico looks sophisticated—he's a grown-up cousin of Julius the sock monkey." Chris is the author/illustrator of the long-running comic strip Violet Days as well as the anthology Ultra Violet: Ten Years of Violet Days. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

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    more than meets the eye

    Chico Bon-Bon wakes up to a very loud noise. He hops out of bed and makes sure his tool belt is on straight. At first, he thinks the noise is the wind, so he closes his bedroom window and reattaches the curtain rod with his screwdriver. During breakfast, he hears the noise 17 times! He looks all over his tree house to see where the noise is coming from. He gets all dirty when checking the chimney, so he wipes his face with his hankie, then throws the hankie down the laundry chute. The terrible noise echoes up through the laundry chute! But what was making that noise? You'll just have to read this delightful story, written and illustrated by the very talented Chris Monroe, to find out. I especially love the way Chico uses all his tools in his search for the noise, and the fun way in which he solves his problem. Chris' illustrations are delightful and so much fun! There's more than meets the eye with this book - that's why I'm giving it a high-five rating. Kids who like tools and who especially like problem solving will love this book!
    ---Gayle Jacobson-Huset of Stories for Children Magazine

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