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Monkey Onoby J. C. Phillipps
Synopses & Reviews
Monkey Ono is not exactly a real monkey, but he really, really wants to go to the beach! So when Beach Day arrives, and the children who own him forget the bag he's in, Monkey Ono does not take this lying down, like most stuffed animals would. Oh no, he's got a plan. In fact he's got many, many plans. From riding the family dog to ricocheting through the sky to diving down the water pipes. All end with hilarious results, but not exactly according to plan. Will Monkey Ono ever get to the beach?? Only if the beach comes to him...
J.C. Phillipps’s spirited text and stunning illustrations, done in colorful cut paper collage, deliver a humorous story with a great message—try and try again!
"The purple toy monkey of the title devises a series of ingenious but comically doomed strategies to get to the beach after being left behind by his owners. Phillipps's (Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap) cut-paper collages — embellished with watercolor, crayon, and stitching — convey energy, movement, and frustration in a way that few artists working in this medium can match. But the real stars of her story are the hand-drawn and goofily schematic three-step plans that reflect the workings of Monkey Ono's fevered brain. It's hard to pick a favorite scheme, although 'Operation: Swirlie,' which involves having the family cat flush Monkey Ono out to the shore, is a surefire giggle-inducer. While not quite at the humor level of Melanie Watts's Scaredy Squirrel books, Monkey Ono's obsession is a fresh and welcome take on the standard monkeys-are-mischievous premise. Monkey's Ono's toddlerlike, 'woe is me' tantrums will generate knowing laughs, and the monkey's emphatic catchphrases — including 'Bananza!' Boom! Beach Day!' and the best 'Oh nooo!' this side of Mr. Bill — are likely to work their way into readers' lexicons. Ages 2 — 5. Agent: Scott Treimel NY." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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About the Author
J. C. Phillips has studied art, theater, and mask-making. She loves TV, movies, chocolate, pizza, and her young son, with whom she shares her art studio. She and her family live in West Hartford, Connecticut.
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