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Count the Monkeysby Mac Barnett
Synopses & Reviews
Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages. Full of fun reader interactions and keeps readers guessing until the very last page! Matching Mac Barnett's brilliant wit are Kevin Cornell's luminous illustrations, which will have young readers begging to count the monkeys all over again.
"Carrying out the titular imperative proves tough, given that, on every spread, monkeys are nowhere to be seen. Luckily, the mounting number of predators that have scared them off can be enumerated, even if their appearances don't always jive with the classic food chain. There's one very vain king cobra on the opening spread, but soon the action devolves to include '6 sweet old beekeepers' and '10 polka-dotted rhinoceroses with bagpipes and bad breath.' Cornell (who previously teamed up with Barnett for Mustache!) is an artist in the modern-day Disney animation tradition, effortlessly juggling funny chaos, irreverent characterizations, and visual winks and nudges. Barnett's narrator may be increasingly frustrated ('We're never going to count the monkeys!') but he also has expert comic timing, includes multiple opportunities for audience participation, and riffs on collaborative learning: 'Look! 2 mongooses have chased away that cobra! Or is that 2 mongeese? I am pretty sure it is 2 monogooses. Let's vote.' This spot-on spoof of counting books is the perfect reward for anyone who's put in a hard day's work with numbers, big or small. Ages 3 — 6. Author's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Mac Barnett is ONE man who has written THIRTEEN books, including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Mustache!, Chloe and the Lion and the New York Times best-selling, Boston Globe Horn Book Award-winning Extra Yarn. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac lives in the EIGHTH largest city of THIRTY-FIRST state, which is Oakland, California. Visit him a MILLION times at www.macbarnett.com.
Despite having dedicated half his life to drawing monkeys, this is the first time Philadelphia illustrator Kevin Cornell has drawn ones not made of socks. To see other non-sock animals Kevin has drawn, check out The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin, and Mustache! by Mac Barnett. Visit www.kevskinrug.com to explain to him that mustaches are not animals.
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