Thursday, 1 March 2012

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

This picture book feels like such a classic that I was a little surprised to see that it was first published in 2007. E's been enjoying this one since he was about 12 months old and finds new bits to delight in as he gets older. It started out as just a quiet read and it's escalated to a boisterous story time favorite as he shouts 'monkey' and anticipates the animals behind each page.

The story is about a little girl with her monkey friend, and their adventures before tea time.  They encounter a range of animals from penguins to elephants and of course, monkeys. Like most of the stories I find successful for the younger age group, it works in its simplicity.  The narrator doesn't need a name, nor does her monkey.  Instead, the engaging drawings and mantra like text draw you in so it becomes your adventure too.  Beautifully imagined and succinctly written, I foresee this one as a favorite on E's shelf for some time to come.

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