Monkeys and the Universe

Monkeys and the Universe

by Kate Banks, Tomek Bogacki
     
 

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“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

School Library Journal

Foreword Wayne Simmons CIA (ret.) i

Prologue iii

Acknowledgments vi

1 Early Years 1

2 NYPD Blue 5

3 In the Line of Fire 14

4 The End of the Clinton Era 24

5 9/11 31

6 An Assassin Among Us 37

7 Training the Next Generation 41

8 Dignitary Protection and the Fight to Protect 46

9 The "Big Show": The Presidential Protective Division 51

10 Transportation: It's Not Simply about Motorcades 60

11 The President's Life in My Hands 68

12 Missile Treaties and the Return to Indonesia 81

13 Oil Spills, Indonesia Again, and Making a War Zone "Safe" 86

14 Media Spin vs. Security Reality 99

15 Giving Back the Gun and Shield 103

16 From Behind the Camera to the Front 111

17 Israel and a Surprise Entrance into the Primary 115

18 The Campaign Heats Up 118

19 A Political Loss, and Why Action Matters 124

20 The Real Scandal of "Fast and Furious" 130

21 Benghazi: Who Gave the Order to Stand Down? 138

22 Boston: Too Many Agencies, Not Enough Communication 152

23 Our Government Has Failed Us 163

Afterword 170

Index 175

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374350284
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/31/2009
Series:
Monkey Readers Series , #2
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

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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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