Tuesday, February 5, 2019

EARLY READER REVIEWS: Mr Monkey Bakes a Cake/Mr. Monkey Visits a School/Houndsley and Catina and Cousin Wagster


ABOUT THE BOOK

Curious George meets Mr. Bean in this adorable new picture book series from author-illustrator Jeff Mack that follows the loveable Mr. Monkey on his wacky adventures.

Mr. Monkey bakes a cake.

He can’t wait to win a ribbon!

But first he has to carry it to the contest.

What could possibly go wrong?


REVIEW

Mr. Monkey has a delightful time making a cake and eating bananas.  But by the time the cake is ready to eat, Mr. Monkey is no longer hungry.  He decides to enter the cake in a contest which seems simple enough, but once he sets foot out the door, Murphy's law jumps into action and a wide variety of amusing mishaps occurs.  As I read this I couldn't help but smirk and smile.  Anyone whose ever had a load of things go wrong can relate to Mr. Monkey's troubles (except maybe the runaway gorilla part).  This is a fun, new series for beginning readers who enjoy silly, nonsensical adventures.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Curious George meets Mr. Bean in the second adorable new picture book series from author-illustrator Jeff Mack that follows the loveable Mr. Monkey on his wacky adventures.

Mr. Monkey learns a trick.

He can’t wait to put on a show!

But first he has to find the school.

What could possibly go wrong?


REVIEW

Once again Mr. Monkey sets out on an adventure.  This time he has a juggling trick that he plans to show the children at the local school.  But things go downhill immediately when he smashes his car with a cow, then gets caught in a snow storm.  None of these things stop Mr. Monkey of course, but they do make it difficult to get to the school.  When he finally arrives things continue to go wrong.  Will Mr. Monkey find a way to perform his trick anyway?  I laughed my way through this one.  It's full of silliness and young children are bound to giggle at Mr. Monkey's antics.


ABOUT THE BOOK

When his cousin Wagster comes for a visit, Houndsley is excited. Wagster is all adventure and enthusiasm and razzle-dazzle, and all his friends love him. Even Catina thinks Wagster is fun and good at everything, and pretty soon Houndsley is starting to feel a little bit invisible. But Houndsley and Catina are best friends, and certainly Cousin Wagster won't change that -- right? James Howe and Marie-Louise Gay have created a tender and funny story about some of the ways that friendships can change, and how they also stay exactly the same.

REVIEW

Houndsley and Catina's friendship is tested when Houndsley's cousin comes to town and proves to be good at just about everything.  Houndsley's more quiet nature leaves him feelings jealous and left out as Wagster charms everyone with his talents and adventures.  But Catina proves her loyalty and reminds Houndsley that he too has his talents, they are just different and less showy.  A tender story of friendship and family and the ups and downs that effect us all.  Children are bound to relate to at least one of the characters in the story.  This makes for a fun way to learn about relationships and the fact that all of us are different and have different talents. 

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