Although counting books may tire out jaded grown-ups, a good one will always get youngsters excitedly running through their numbers. Barnett begins with a call: “Hey, kids! Time to count the monkeys!” But his simians won’t show, having been scared off. So who scared them off? Maybe those two mongooses? Or those three crocodiles? Barnett instructs readers to ward off each group of beasts with various techniques. For example, on a page featuring four grizzly bears, the instructions say, “Put your arms above your head! Make a loud roar! Bang together some pots and pans, if you have them.” (This isn’t a book to read during quiet time.) Besides the chance to make noise, kids will adore Cornell’s broadly exaggerated animals, from the toothy monkey grins to the round bottoms of bearded lumberjacks. The whole package has a Saturday-morning-cartoon cheerfulness. And when the monkeys still haven’t appeared at the purported end, never fear. The last spread will keep counters content for a good long while. Adult patience advised. Preschool-Grade 2. --Karen Cruze
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.