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.
"Brimming with nostalgia, heartfelt sentimentality, and eccentricity . . . portrait of a tight-knit intergenerational bond. . . . Polacco fills the pages with tumbling action, familial warmth, and love. . . . A cozy ode to the inherent magic in a visit with a grandparent."
"Concepts that young children can immediately connect with. . . . A first-rate intergenerational story, sure to be read over and over again."
"Exuberant pencil and marker illustrations. . . . A comforting story about the strong bond between a grandmother and her granddaughter and the loss and recovery of a beloved toy."
"Polacco's exuberant and expressive pictures convey Paige's excitement and delight. . . . Bun Bun's return, somewhat the worse for wear, brings a softly sentimental end to a classic childhood experience."
"[Polacco;s] pencil-and-marker illustrations always give the events a core of plausibility, making this gentle journey a good one for sensitive readers—here comfort far outweighs any trauma."
Praise for Monkey Ono by J.C. Phillipps:
"...will herald calls for repeat readings." —Booklist
"Everyone loves a beach day, and theyll love Monkey Ono too." —Kirkus
"Its hard to pick a favorite scheme..." —Publishers Weekly
Wink the Nimble Ninja is the star of the Lucky Dragon Circus! But-yawn
-being a circus performer is hard work and-yawn
-Wink is tired. It is time, Grandmother says, for Wink to take a nap. But every time Wink tries to lie down, his fans show up. They won't let him sleep! Fortunately, with the help of Master Zutsu and the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas, Wink comes up with the perfect plan to find a good place to nap-alone. Illustrated with striking collages, this is a funny, high-energy follow-up to Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed
The happiest day of Wink?s life was when he was accepted to the Summer Moon School for Young Ninjas. He is sure that he will be a great ninja. Silence is the fi rst lesson and everyone is very very silent . . . except for Wink. Stealth is the second lesson and everyone is very very stealthy . . . except for Wink. Finally, Wink decides that he will be silent and
stealthy. But no one notices! What?s the point of being a great ninja if no one notices? Maybe Wink wasn?t
meant to be a ninja?
This daring debut is an adventure-lover?s dream.
Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma's pets in the Old Blue Chair. And when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, this special time becomes even more cozy. Then a balloon carries the little bunny away. Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck - or love - magically brings her back home to the little girl who loves her.
This heartwarming story celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and is perfect for children who imagine their toys have secret adventures when no one's watching.
About the Author
J. C. Phillipps has studied art, theatre, 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.