From the Publisher
"[A] perfect . . . story that's ideal for group sharing. The infectious rhythm of the text never falters."--School Library Journal
"Koller . . . turns the childhood impulse to join in the fun into a tale that will appeal to the imp in everyone."--Publishers Weekly
"Delightful . . . full of expression, movement, and wacky comedy."--Booklist
Seven mischievous monkeys wreak havoc as "one monkey too many" climbs first onto a bike made for one, then into a golf cart for two, then into a canoe for three, and so on. The two monkeys on the bike crash into a ditch, the three monkeys in the golf cart splash into the lake, the four monkeys in the canoe drop over a waterfall. An infectious, rollercoaster rhythm sweeps us up ("'Yippee!' They all wiggled and giggled with glee. 'This cart made for two is fun-tastic for three!'") then lurches us forward so that even though we know what's coming ("'Oh no!' they exclaimed, as they jammed on the brake! One monkey too many splashed into the lake"), we're too caught up in the ride to want brakes of any kind. Pastel watercolors paint the monkeys in casual toddler clothes with innocent, nothin's-going-on-here facial expressions. But that's just the calm before the storm; Munsinger lets loose the mounting chaos with an unrestrained frenzy as she catapults monkeys, golf cart, canoe, oars, food, pillows, feathers and so much more across the page in full-blown hurricane fashion. Readers will appreciate the monkeys' undeterred nature: the rascals continually go back for more, hoodwinking the larger animals (adult-like lions and pigs) who dictate how many monkeys each scene can contain. Not even the author is spared a dose of monkey business when "one monkey too many" pulls a grand-finale gotcha that literally determines the uproarious fate of her book. -- Horn Book Magazine
"This mischievous rhyming and counting book revels in excess.," wrote PW. Ages 3-7. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Linnea Hendrickson
The escapades of monkeys on holiday are related in rollicking rhyme and hilarious illustrations in a story that also doubles as a counting book. Alert readers will be kept busy counting monkeys and hunting for the partly hidden "one monkey too many" that invariably sneaks into the action and wreaks havoc, as two monkeys ride on a bike built for one, three go in a golf cart built for two, and four in a canoe with seats for three, and so on, until the end when "one monkey too many" defies the author and gets into a book with room for only six.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This story begins as one deceptively calm monkey is presented with a bike: "`One,' said the bikeman./`This bike is for one./One monkey can ride it,/and one can have fun.'" Another monkey is hiding behind the bikeman, though, and as soon as his back is turned, it joins the first on the bike, and before long they crash in a thoroughly satisfying way. Chaos builds throughout as the monkeys are offered a golf cart for two, a canoe for three, a table for four (in a fancy restaurant, of course), and a bed for five. The closing scene, in which Koller insists that the book is for six monkeys, is perfect for this funny story that's ideal for group sharing. The infectious rhythm of the text never falters, and Munsinger's illustrations, set against plenty of white space, revel in the gleeful monkey business. Spilling, breaking, dropping, and crashing have never been this much fun.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.