Monkeys and the Universe

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Max’s older brother, Pete, is building a model of the solar system, and he won’t let Max help. It’s enough to make a little monkey feel like nothing more than a speck in the big, wide universe. But after a trip to the observatory, Max and Pete learn that there’s room in the galaxy for both of them, no matter how different they are.

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Overview

Max’s older brother, Pete, is building a model of the solar system, and he won’t let Max help. It’s enough to make a little monkey feel like nothing more than a speck in the big, wide universe. But after a trip to the observatory, Max and Pete learn that there’s room in the galaxy for both of them, no matter how different they are.

In this sequel to Monkeys and Dog Days, Kate Banks and Tomek Bogacki offer up a stellar tale just right for beginning readers busy finding their own place in the world.

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“Banks does a fine job of combining facts with story in this easy reader, while Bogacki’s illustrations, with their soft colors and blurry lines, convey gentle feelings even amidst the discord. Readers who met Max and Pete in Monkeys and Dog Days will enjoy seeing the monkey family (complete with dog!) again as they ponder the universe.” —Horn Book

“Clearly written, the story supports classroom units on astronomy without packing the pages with facts . . . . This will please preschoolers as well as beginning readers.” —Booklist

“Banks excels at using a controlled vocabulary to tell her story in language accessible to new readers, without ever sounding stilted or restricted, and Bogacki’s illustrations, rendered in bright watercolors and soft, visual texture, provide pictorial cues for readers while also contributing to the storytelling.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Beginning chapter-book readers will enjoy this sweet tale of brotherly love.” —School Library Journal

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K-Gr 2

In this second installment in the series, Max wants to be more like his older brother, so when Pete tells his younger sibling that he is just a speck in the universe, the little monkey is not happy. As the story unfolds the brothers learn about the stars, the sun, and the planets, and even take a trip to an observatory. Although the two argue throughout, in the end they admit that they are "glad we're part of the same universe." Pastel illustrations complement the text. Beginning chapter-book readers will enjoy this sweet tale of brotherly love that includes some facts about astronomy, but it is not a must-have.-Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
This sequel to Monkeys and Dog Days (2008) develops the family relationships among big brother Pete, little brother Max and their parents. This time, instead of grappling with the responsibilities of pet ownership, the simian family confronts sibling rivalry provoked by Pete's interest in the solar system and Max's attendant feelings of inadequacy as he is excluded from Pete's astronomical projects. "Pete sure knows a lot," Max thinks to himself in chapter one, later lamenting, "why did everyone have to know everything before he did?" Parental intervention through a trip to an observatory allows the brothers to both gain new knowledge and resolve their differences. Banks excels at using a controlled vocabulary to tell her story in language accessible to new readers, without ever sounding stilted or restricted, and Bogaki's illustrations, rendered in bright watercolors with soft, visual texture, provide pictorial cues for readers while also contributing to the storytelling. An added bonus of astronomical information seamlessly embedded into the text contributes to the great success of this beginning reader. (Early reader. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374350284
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 3/31/2009
  • Series: Monkey Readers Series , #2
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 6 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Banks and Tomek Bogacki collaborated on the first book in this series, Monkey and Dog Days. 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. 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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