The Chimpanzees of Happytown

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Popular children's book team Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees present another irresistible rhyming, fun-to-read story!

The chimpanzees of Drabsville are miserable. The wicked mayor won't allow them to have any fun! Playgrounds, trees, and colors other than gray are outlawed in their gloomy town. However, when a traveler named Chutney dares to plant a tree, Drabsville begins to blossom into a colorful land of dancing, playing, and laughing. ...

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Overview


Popular children's book team Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees present another irresistible rhyming, fun-to-read story!

The chimpanzees of Drabsville are miserable. The wicked mayor won't allow them to have any fun! Playgrounds, trees, and colors other than gray are outlawed in their gloomy town. However, when a traveler named Chutney dares to plant a tree, Drabsville begins to blossom into a colorful land of dancing, playing, and laughing. There's only one name for such a place--Happytown!

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Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
First published in Britain, this exuberant tale with its perfectly (well, almost) scanning verse and its energetic cartoon characters brings to mind a Dr. Seuss fable in Technicolor. Chutney, a chimpanzee wearing a purple vest and carrying a bright, striped umbrella and a guitar arrives in Drabsville—gray, dull, and full of miserable chimpanzees. When he plants a magic seed he's brought, it sprouts into a flowering tree, but the manic mayor of Drabsville has Chutney arrested. How the tree is saved and Chutney transforms the town makes for a rousing tale as Parker-Rees's illustrations get more gaudily glowing with each page. When Chutney stirringly proclaims: "Let's make our houses colorful. / Let's pull our fences down," the chimpanzees enter into the spirit of madness, painting their gray abodes with purples, pinks, and yellows, while the newly christened Happytown blossoms with flowers and greenery. Kids will have fun checking out the children's playground full of giant fruit and a red rocket ship and then exploring the street fair with a rock band, dancing, and plenty of sausage, watermelon, and ice cream. In the final spread, they can see the dull shops full of lamps, cleaning supplies, anonymous cans, and gray umbrellas turned into a kite boutique, a bakery, a toy shop, and a florist. As Chutney optimistically explains to the ex-mayor, "Everything that we cut down / will find a way to grow. / And things will always blossom / if we dare to set them free." If only it were so easy!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439837682
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Giles Andreae is the award-winning author of numerous children's books, including K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN. Giles lives in London with his wife and three children.

Guy Parker-Rees has illustrated many bestselling Orchard books, including K IS FOR KISSING A COOL KANGAROO and THE CHIMPANZEES OF HAPPYTOWN by Giles Andreae; DOWN BY THE COOL OF THE POOL, DINOSAURUMPUS!, and ALL AFLOAT ON NOAH'S BOAT by Tony Mitton; QUIET! by Paul Bright; and THE HIPPO-NOT-AMUS by Tony and Jan Payne. He lives in Brighton, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2009

    Wonderful pictures!!

    Oh what a beautiful book! The pictures are wonderful. The story is fun, and isn't that all it needs to be!! Recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2008

    Excellent and fun book

    My 17 month old and 4 yr old love to read this book over, and over, and over again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2008

    Worth A Read!!!

    This book was really cute. I used it for a poetry task I had to do and I loved it. The illustrations were fabulous!

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