Monkeys and Dog Days

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Max and his older brother, Pete, are getting a dog. A dog needs to be played with. That’s the fun part. But a dog also needs to be fed, bathed, and walked. Max and Pete promise to share the responsibilities. But when Fudge comes to live with them, it isn’t long before Pete decides that a dog is more work than he thought, and Max discovers that there are unexpected rewards for being the dependable one.

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Overview

Max and his older brother, Pete, are getting a dog. A dog needs to be played with. That’s the fun part. But a dog also needs to be fed, bathed, and walked. Max and Pete promise to share the responsibilities. But when Fudge comes to live with them, it isn’t long before Pete decides that a dog is more work than he thought, and Max discovers that there are unexpected rewards for being the dependable one.

With simple yet lyrical language and bright illustrations, Kate Banks and Tomek Bogacki team up to introduce Monkey Readers, a new series for beginning readers who like to monkey around.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Pete and Max are brothers, and Pete is the oldest. Whenever something needs to be done, Pete seems to be busy or too tired, so Max ends up being the one who helps around the house, but he is beginning to feel that Pete is taking advantage him. Max likes to pretend that he has a pet dog and wishes he could have a real one. Mom reminds the boys that dogs require a lot of care—they must feed, walk, groom, and play with a dog. The boys set out to prove that they are responsible and can take care of a pet. Finally, the family heads off to the animal shelter to select just the right pet. They come home with a dog named Fudge. Soon, Pete reverts to his old self, and Max ends up taking care of Fudge. The big surprise to Pete is that Fudge does not obey his commands because he knows who his real master is. Will this be a wake-up call for Pete to change his ways? Young readers will easily relate to the monkey family and absorb the painless lesson about responsibility and its ramifications. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Gr 1-3

This beginning reader features a suburban monkey family of four. Two brothers, Max and Pete, want a dog. Although their parents caution them that "a dog is a lot of work," the kids insist they are good workers. After researching the subject, the family makes a trip to the animal shelter, where they settle on Fudge. Both boys take on their new responsibility with enthusiasm until Pete becomes distracted by his friends. Soon, Fudge considers Max, who feeds, brushes, walks, and plays with her, her sole master. The older boy is chagrined and starts to perform his share of the chores again. The story, divided into four chapters, includes a sprinkling of fun facts about dogs and emphasizes important lessons about responsibility, loyalty, and cooperation. Muted pastel illustrations show the brothers and their new pet. Although the easy-to-read story and art are pleasant, Lori Ries's Aggie and Ben (Charlesbridge, 2006) has more expressive illustrations and humor.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

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Banks and Bogacki team up again (Mama's Coming Home, 2003, etc.), this time with their first book for new readers, which is also the first book in the Monkey Readers series. Monkey brothers Max and Pete convince their parents that they are mature enough to get a dog. They promise to share the responsibilities and are overjoyed when brown-and-white Fudge joins the family. But after the initial excitement wears off Pete leaves the dog care to his little brother, and soon Fudge shows a preference for Max. In the end, both brothers and dog learn subtle lessons about responsibility and rewards. The large number of words per page might be daunting for the newest reader, but the endearing characters and appealing plot will encourage them to return to the monkey brothers again and again. The enticing "1" on the spine means the monkey brothers may well return for many more adventures; let's hope so. For readers who are ready for a step up in difficulty from Henry and Mudge. (Reader. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374350291
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 8/5/2008
  • Series: Monkey Readers Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Banks is the author of many award-winning picture books, among them Max’s Words, And If the Moon Could Talk, winner of the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and The Night Worker, winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award. She lives in the South of France.

 

Tomek Bogacki has written and illustrated numerous picture books, including Emily Jenkins’s Five Creatures, a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book. He lives in New York City.

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