From a fish opening a “can of worms” to a tap-dancing octopus putting his “best foot forward,” these familiar idioms are re-imagined by award-winner Wallace Edwards in hilarious and unexpected ways. To help readers “stay on the ball,” the idioms are used in a sentence that accompanies each illustration, and the meaning of each idiom is explained at the end of the book. Every page is so richly illustrated that it is sometimes a challenge to find the hidden monkeys --- some are more easily spotted than others!A playful introduction to idioms, a clever eye-spy book and a gallery of stunning animal portraits, this collection is more fun than a barrel of monkeys!
About the Author
Wallace Edwards is a commissioned artist, as well as a freelance illustrator for books and magazines. He lives in Yarker, Ontario, near Kingston.
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Monkey Business based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book is not only charming, but informative and it has some of the most amazing illustrations I have ever seen! Mr. Edwards takes a lot of commonly used idioms and uses them correctly in a sentence, but illustrates the literal meaning of the words in the sentence! He uses a very colorful cast of animals and all the illustrations are sure to please. He even includes the definition of an idiom in the beginning and a handy idiom dictionary in the end. I used it to teach a lesson on idioms and it was the most helpful book.
This book is exactly what a picture book should be. Wallace creates sentences and illustrations using idioms. To see one without the other isn't much, but the combination of words and illustrations is magic. He uses lots of visual puns and a dry humor that rewards perception. A delight for the right reader.