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Meet the Howlers!

Meet the Howlers!

by April Pulley Sayre, Woody Miller (Illustrator)

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Meet the bad boys (and girls) of the primate world.

Playful, poetic text and vibrant art introduce young readers to howler monkeys. Extra facts within the text give readers the low-down on these loud, sloppy, and rude rain forest dwellers.


Meet the bad boys (and girls) of the primate world.

Playful, poetic text and vibrant art introduce young readers to howler monkeys. Extra facts within the text give readers the low-down on these loud, sloppy, and rude rain forest dwellers.

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School Library Journal
PreS-K—A whimsical introduction to a family of monkeys. Full-bleed spreads show the animals in action, accompanied by a rhyming text in a large font and related facts in a smaller type. The illustrations, done in acrylic, watercolor crayon, and colored pencil and featuring the active animals against backdrops of lush greens, show the Howlers as they fly from broad green-leafed branch to branch, calling out so loudly the males "can be heard a mile away." "Woo-hoo-hoo!/AH-UH-OH!" ties the action together as a refrain. The illustrations support the introductory information about the Howlers, their calls, behavior, diet, and habitat, providing a comfortable slice of life for early literacy presentations. A fact page and map are more complex, yet will enhance a one-on-one experience.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
Publishers Weekly
Sayre's (Trout Are Made of Trees) latest is a rhyming introduction to the howler monkeys of Central and South America. Verses appear in a jaunty typeface atop newcomer Miller's full-bleed spreads; prose paragraphs in smaller type provide additional information. The rhymes often suggests that the howlers' lives are more carefree than those of readers (“Sister claims a branch,/ yet no one says to share./ She never has to bathe./ Her suit is wash-and-wear!”). A recurring chorus reproduces the howlers' cry (“Woo-hoo-hoo! AH-UH-OH!”); the repetition doesn't add much to the story, but offers a chance to howl along. And readers will take great pleasure in the “special message” howlers send to intruders, human or otherwise: “They often urinate close to or on the invader to mark their territories.” The surfaces of Miller's mixed-media drawings are fuzzy and heavily worked, the rain forest–green palette offset by cloudy pastel skies. They're energetic, too; the howlers leap from branch to branch, scaring nearby birds and tearing leaves off trees for a snack. A solid read-aloud for young animal enthusiasts. Ages 4–7. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
Sayre (Honk, Honk, Goose!: Canada Geese Start a Family, 2009, etc.) delivers yet another entertaining and accessible guide to the natural world. Each spread contains rhyming text narrating the daily activities of a howler monkey family and cleverly comparing them to a young reader's experience. For example, "Sister claims a branch / yet no one says to share. / She never has to bathe. / Her suit is wash-and-wear!" Also on each spread are a few sentences offering an explanation and supplemental information, appearing in a smaller font. In this case: "Frequent rains wash a howler monkey's coat. Howlers sometimes nibble and handpick insects, dirt, and leaves out of their own and one another's fur." Monkey sounds-"Woo-hoo-hoo! Ah-uh-oh!"-anchor a catchy refrain that is sure to get storytime crowds howling. Miller's appealing multimedia illustrations, in rich greens, browns and blues, depict the howlers engaging in their various activities with plenty of personality. A brief section-"More about Howler Monkeys," with additional interesting information about howlers-concludes this appealing introduction. (map) (Informational picture book. 4-8)
Children's Literature - Joella Peterson
There are two levels of text in this information-packed picture book. The rhyming larger text on each page is perfect for reading aloud to youngsters interested in howler monkeys. Peppered with questions, the smaller text presents facts to help young scientists or parents further understand the habits and lifestyles of howler monkeys. For example, on one page the larger text reads, "Brother rests a lot— / he hunches, lips curved down. / Yet no one ever asks him / if he's feelin' down." The smaller text goes on to explain "Even an adult howler monkey may take two or three naps per day. Howler monkey faces may look glum, as if they are frowning. But that's just their regular, relaxed expression." This extra information adds to the rhyming text and clarifies specific howler monkey traits mentioned in the text. The only trouble is that some readers may be confused as to what to read on each page (should one read only the rhyming text, should the factual text be read before or after the larger text, or should one read one set of text and then go through the book again to read the other text). The illustrations are done in acrylic with watercolor crayon and colored pencil. The soft lines and rich colors help present the lush world of the howler monkeys. Overall it is a great introduction to this unique type of monkey. Reviewer: Joella Peterson

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8.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)
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3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

April Pulley Sayre is the award-winning author of dozens of books, including MEET THE HOWLERS!; TURTLE, TURTLE, WATCH OUT!; and ONE IS A SNAIL, TEN IS A CRAB, an ALA Notable Book. She lives in South Bend, Indiana.

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