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Monkey trouble
Uniform Title:
Affenzoff. English

Publication Information:
New York : North-South Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
"A Michael Neugebauer book."
Because Little Monkey never listens, he gets into big trouble.


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Little Monkey was told not to climb tall trees. Did he listen? Certainly not! He just made a face and climbed the tallest tree he could find. But that was a big mistake, for the wind snuck up behind him and blew Little Monkey right out of the tree and carried him across the sky, far, far away. Little Monkey is trouble all right, but he is lucky, too, and readers will be charmed by the cheeky little chimp's fortunes -- and misfortunes -- on his hilarious journey, back home.

Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Because "Little Monkey never listened," wind takes him on a serendipitous adventure. An elated elephant couple mistake him for their new baby girl and plunk him into a pink dress. From this point on, he must constantly assert that "I'm NOT a little girl" to each animal who helps him find his way home. When a pelican finally takes the naughty fellow home, he is welcomed by his family and given a special present to insure against further mishaps. However, the following adventure is left to readers' imaginations, because "Little Monkey was BIG trouble!/Little Monkey never listened./He made faces and never did what he was told." Varying amounts of text fill one side of each spread with framed illustrations on the other side. Bits of artwork spill onto the text page, helping to bring the eye back to the understated typeface. The author's whimsical artistic interpretation adds a sense of character to each animal and humor to each situation. Bright bits of blue, pastel pinks, and rich reds offset the dark black-brown backgrounds of the artwork and opposing white pages of text. This is a delightful story to read aloud or one-on-one; the surprise flap at the end shows youngsters that at times, they are all "Little Monkeys."-Tina Hudak, Takoma Park Maryland Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

When Little Monkey disobeys orders, he lands in a heap of trouble. The artwork is the real draw here, as Rowe's subdued tones of ochre and moss green chronicle the fellow's stints in various animals' habitats before safely reaching home. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

Turning a deaf ear on parental advice, Little Monkey climbs a tall tree, only to be blown far away by a cyclone. The good thing is Little Monkey lands on a stork's soft delivery cloud. The bad thing is he's delivered to an excited elephant couple and mistaken for their new baby girl. The text's repetitive language will engage young listeners, but the droll, sophisticated pictures rendered in a dark palette may have limited appeal. From HORN BOOK Spring 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.