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The monkeys that live at the foot of the Mbuno Hills in Africa love to play games. One day while playing Elephant in the Middle with their large friend, their ball, a nut from an ancient baobab tree, rolls into a cave where the troop of monkeys never go. It is dark inside and possibly filled with horrible beasts! When they venture in, they discover instead that the walls are covered with paintings of animals. Elephant shows the monkeys how they too can create artwork using their hands and feet as “stamps” and mud as their medium. But things are never quite as easy as they seem.

Artist Alex Beard brings his love of exploration and painting to life with his signature animals in this charming tale about creativity and overcoming fears.

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"Beard uses a group of enthusiastic, spindly blue monkeys who live in a baobab tree in Africa to challenge readers to rethink art and creativity. These lithe, game-loving animals seem to swirl across the pages in stylized pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures that are both comedic and beautiful (the style is in keeping with Beard's The Jungle Grapevine), and the action spills over into the spreads' borders. When the baobab nut they are playing with rolls into a cave, Elephant leads the monkeys inside, where they discover walls decorated with paintings of animals, based on human handprints or footprints. Elephant imprints his muddy hoof on the wall and turns it into a picture of a monkey, delighting his friends with a new game (the monkeys' pointy handprints become the long legs of a giraffe and the jaw of a crocodile, among other creatures). Beard, meanwhile, demonstrates that this 'game' isn't just for children — in several scenes, his monkeys' bodies consist of a human thumbprint. As the monkeys squabble about whose drawing is best, Elephant encourages them to 'paint and draw just for fun.' Kids will follow suit. Ages 4 — 8. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Artist Beard brings his love of exploration and painting to life with his signature animals in this charming tale about creativity and overcoming fears. Full color.

About the Author

Alex Beard is a painter whose work has been shown in New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong, among other cities. His extensive travels through Africa inspired this book.

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writermala, March 11, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
This is a wonderful book with unique pictures. A young child will "see" the story by himself/herself even if they are not able to read. Once you have read the book to them a few times they will begin to enjoy the book by themselves numerous times.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810989702
Author:
Beard, Alex
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams
Subject:
Monkeys
Subject:
Africa
Subject:
Animals - Jungle Animals
Subject:
Children s Art-General
Edition Description:
Hardcover w/Dust Jacket
Publication Date:
20110101
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P up to 3
Language:
English
Illustrations:
48 pages of full-color illustrations
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
12.00 x 8.50 in
Age Level:
04-08

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Product details 160 pages Abrams Books for Young Readers - English 9780810989702 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Beard uses a group of enthusiastic, spindly blue monkeys who live in a baobab tree in Africa to challenge readers to rethink art and creativity. These lithe, game-loving animals seem to swirl across the pages in stylized pen-and-ink and watercolor pictures that are both comedic and beautiful (the style is in keeping with Beard's The Jungle Grapevine), and the action spills over into the spreads' borders. When the baobab nut they are playing with rolls into a cave, Elephant leads the monkeys inside, where they discover walls decorated with paintings of animals, based on human handprints or footprints. Elephant imprints his muddy hoof on the wall and turns it into a picture of a monkey, delighting his friends with a new game (the monkeys' pointy handprints become the long legs of a giraffe and the jaw of a crocodile, among other creatures). Beard, meanwhile, demonstrates that this 'game' isn't just for children — in several scenes, his monkeys' bodies consist of a human thumbprint. As the monkeys squabble about whose drawing is best, Elephant encourages them to 'paint and draw just for fun.' Kids will follow suit. Ages 4 — 8. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Artist Beard brings his love of exploration and painting to life with his signature animals in this charming tale about creativity and overcoming fears. Full color.
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