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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Review: The Monkey Goes Bananas

We have a monkey. And we have bananas. In between the monkey and the bananas, we have a stretch of water. With a shark. How will the monkey get the bananas?

This almost wordless picture book is a triumph of visual storytelling. There are no wordy sentences here. Instead, the hilarious, energy-filled illustrations do all the work. Occasional snippets of text — such as 'The shark' or 'The monkey' — very cleverly add to the visual humour, with the designer making great use of font selection and type placement to enhance this.

I always enjoy watching how children respond to and interact with picture books. I've now read this one with an age-range from three to six. For the three-year-old, I had only to read the scant text aloud (with suitable emotion and enthusiasm!) to have him almost rolling on the floor with laughter. The six-year-old enjoyed the book just as much but quickly told me to be quiet, instead using the simple verbal cues on each page as inspiration for a detailed storyline of her own. For both, the experience was completely engaging.

Clever, bold, laugh-out-loud funny, The Monkey Goes Bananas is a winner!

Title: The Monkey Goes Bananas
Author: C.P. Bloom
Illustrator: Peter Raymundo
Publisher: Abrams, $17.95 RRP
Publication Date: March 2014
Format: Hardcover
ISBN:  9781419708855
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book

1 comment:

  1. Ed was kind enough to send along copies of this book to the Pittston School in Pittston , ME . I am the principal of the school and have thoroughly enjoyed the book. This is my two and a half year old granddaughter's favorite book. She tells the story and absolutely loves the SHARK!! It is wonderful for creativity and to build upon language skills as well, since there are very few words. The expressions of the monkey and the Shark tell it all. I also love his other book, The Monkey and the Bee, but this one is our absolute favorite. We read it every time we are together! Thank you so much!!

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