Thursday, April 10, 2014

Monkeys, monkeys, and more monkeys!


ABOUT THE BOOK

One hundred monkeys are hunting for food in this colorful counting book, but something else -- something big and scary -- is hungry, too! Young readers will find page-turning action on every page -- and more than 100 reasons to take a second look.

REVIEW

Seeing as search and find books are quite popular in my library, I'm pretty sure this one will be too.  I liked how the book both tells a story and asks the reader to find details in the pictures.  Children will enjoy the humor embedded in the illustrations. There is a sweet message in the story about friendship and assumptions which is a nice feature since most search and find books don't have a story at all. Plus monkeys are a naturally funny animal to children.


ABOUT THE BOOK

When Clyde gets excited, he brings a whole new meaning to "monkeying around!"

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Clyde is an energetic student who just can't sit still. After eating a banana that has been zapped by lasers on his class field trip to the science museum Clyde starts to feel weird. Now every time he gets excited, he transforms into a monkey! Only with the help of his twin sister, Claudia, can Monkey Clyde stay out of trouble.


REVIEW

I'm not sure why it is, but monkeys seem to be a naturally funny animal. And that is especially true in this new series from Scholastic. Energetic Clyde reminds me so much of some kids I know that I had to laugh and sigh at the same time. Somehow they are so much more entertaining in books than in the classroom. But regardless, Clyde is basically a good kid with an insane amount of energy that shows itself in lots of fidgeting. Luckily for him, his twin sister, Claudia, is there to help him.  But after eating ray-blasted fruit during a field trip, Clyde finds himself turning into a monkey when he gets really excited (which is quite often).  This does not of course help him behave at school resulting in some rather hilarious chases through the school. Things come to a head however when he discovers something valuable was stolen from the museum while his class was on their field trip there. Can he help save the day or is he bound to just be a silly monkey forever? A thoroughly entertaining new series for early chapter book readers, Monkey Me, has lots of illustrations, including the comic book like sections when Clyde turns into a monkey.  Sure to be a hit with young readers.



18371578ABOUT THE BOOK

When Clyde gets excited, he brings a whole new meaning to "monkeying around!"

This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Clyde is an energetic student who just can't sit still. When he gets too excited, he transforms into a real monkey! When the class bully challenges Clyde's "monkey me" to the pet talent show, he has no choice but to participate. But when the other pets start to disappear, Clyde uses his inner monkey to save the day.


REVIEW

A funny book revolving around a main character who has inadvertently developed the ability to turn into a monkey when he gets excited (which is quite often). When he and his twin sister, Claudia, decide to use him in a pet show to show up the local bully things get complicated when the pets start disappearing, including Clyde himself!  The book is great for young readers just starting with chapter books, the short chapters, numerous illustrations (including the comic sections when Clyde turns into a monkey), and the large font all make this a great new series that kids are bound to enjoy.


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