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Good Night, Monkey Boy Board book – May 14, 2013

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The protagonist of this story is actually human, but at heart (and in costume) he's Monkey Boy. Sooner or later, bedtime arrives for all youngsters, primate or other, but this mischievous redhead will do everything in his power to forestall the moment. He snitches bananas, attempts to use his paste-coated toothbrush on his hair, and swings from the shower rod before being marched into bed by his mother. Mom appears only as a shadow, scolding finger, or lower torso, although it is her perspective and voice we experience: "Monkey Boy, get down from there!" Ultimately, our hero prevails, sneaking a flashlight and yet another banana under the bedcovers.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka's first picture book captures a familiar occurrence in most households with children: the bedtime struggle. Monkey Boy is obsessed with his monkey persona--although no doubt he'll eventually progress into the next natural phase, perhaps Super Boy with a cape or Dinosaur Boy. Whatever his fixation, if he's like most kids, he'll use it to the utmost advantage in order to defend his right to stay up all night, snacking and watching TV. As in David Shannon's No, David!, the mother is an ambiguous figure of power. She looms mysteriously and is capable of tormenting the momentarily vulnerable Monkey Boy: "Of course I'll read you a story... " Her son looks sweetly hopeful. "...after you put these toys away!" Monkey Boy is crestfallen. If there were a sound track, we might hear cruel, maniacal laughter now. Still, before her final admonition to go to sleep, Mom tells her son she loves him, too. (Ages 3 to 5) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Monkey Boy" is actually a redheaded, wide-grinned human boy dressed in monkey-suit pajamas, complete with tail. Like all human children, he resists going to sleep, although there is definitely something very primate in the way he tries to keep bedtime at bay. Newcomer Krosoczka shows Monkey Boy not only as a serial sneaker of bananas, but also as a creature who is wont to put toothpaste on his head and treat the shower curtain rod like a jungle vine. With densely colored, thickly applied acrylics and hand-lettered typography, the double-page vignettes create a strong emotional as well as visual texture. However, the text is all from the perspective of Monkey Boy's mother, so that readers do not really get to know the hero. Krosoczka comically underscores the mother's omnipresence by never showing her frontally or full-figure; in some scenes, she is an admonishing finger, while in others, her firm-but-fair approach is telegraphed by the stance of her shadow or the bearing of her torso. Yet the perspectives emphasize her power, as the boy shrinks under her scoldings until the final page, when the flashlight under the covers establishes his hard-won independence. Ages 2-5. (June)
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; Brdbk Rep edition (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449813231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449813232
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,036,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Then, just six months after graduation, Jarrett received his first contract for a trade book that he authored. Knopf Books for Young Readers published Good Night, Monkey Boy on June 12, 2001 and Jarrett hasn't stopped or slowed down since.

Jarrett is a two-time winner of the Children's Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and is the author and/or illustrator of more than twenty-five books for young readers. His work includes several picture books, the Lunch Lady graphic novels and Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novel series. Jarrett has given two TED Talks, both of which have been curated to the main page of TED.com and have collectively accrued nearly two million views online. He is also the host of The Book Report with JJK on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live, a weekly segment celebrating books, authors and reading. His work has been featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and on NPR's All Things Considered. Jarrett's books have also been recommended by national publications such as Newsweek, The New York Times and USA Today. His Punk Farm picture book and Lunch Lady series are both currently in development as feature films. Jarrett lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife and two daughters, and their pugs.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 1, 2002
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What memories this book brings back! I have two adult monkey boys now, and these antics ring true to all three of us. Jarrett knows his monkey boys! Thanks for writing/illustrating a book that helps us all connect after the teeth are brushed and the toys are put away. My 7 year old nephew gave up being a power ranger to be a monkey boy when we read this book together....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen on July 23, 2003
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I checked this book out from the library and both my children instantly loved it. The illustration was excellent. It was very animated with bold and beautiful colors. It is definitely a bedtime book to have. I'm getting a copy for my 2 little monkeys!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2002
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My children absolutely LOVE this book!! We read it every night and then the 4 year old "reads" it to the 2 year old after I leave the room and we can hear them in there laughing like crazy. The illustrations are great and it is a charming book. We got this at the library initially and had to buy our own copy, I will save this one for my grandchildren!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Parker on June 28, 2012
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It's a boy ... it's a monkey ... it's Monkey Boy! How many of us haven't sometimes wondered if our little ones were really monkeys in disguise? Richly vivid and thickly-textured acrylic illustrations accompany this recounting of the all-too-familiar nightly bed-time struggle from a rambunctious child's point of view. This grinning, mop-topped boy -- complete with a monkey suit (where can I get one?) -- does everything possible to avoid going to bed, while his mother (shown only as a pair of feet, admonitory finger, or loving hands) patiently keeps him on track. Monkey Boy dawdles with his video games, swings from the shower rod, surreptitiously sneaks snacks (bananas of course), and plays with his toothpaste ... but eventually cooperates so his mother will read him a story (but only after sneaking a flashlight into bed for some late night reading).
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alcoholikaust on April 29, 2002
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Good Night, Monkey Boy has to be one of the greatest children's books to come out in a while. For all who disobeyed their parents and wanted to stay up just a little longer, this book is all about it. The simple, yet effective message that this book holds, is accessible to kids of any age. Stylistically, (is that a word?), the books characters are all fresh, and new-the colors are bright, and the texture in the paint all adds up to a fine book.
I first learned about this book while attending Montserrat College of art. I am currently striving to become one of the few, and the proud: an illustrator. This sememster at school, a strange new poster appeared in one of the hallways. It read,"good night, Monkey boy". Underneath it was the name: Jarret Krosoczka. it sounded famillier. The images of monkey boy stuck in my head wherever I went, I knew that this was something special. Coincedentally the day I first laid my eyes on monkey boy was the same day I met my new teacher, Jarret Krosoczka. As far as first impressions are concerned, and from what I had seen of his work, I knew it was going to be an extremely fun class. His way of handling class, reflects his work-he can be incredibly fun to be around, but in the end he knows what he is doing. I recommend this book for kids of all ages, and any illustrators out there looking for something fresh. Jarret, you crazy.-
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It's time for Monkey Boy to go to bed but first he must take a bath (without climbing the shower curtains!), clean up his toys and brush his teeth (and no more bananas!). Any parent of a toddler or preschooler can relate to the hijinks of a child before bedtime, with or without their trusty monkey pajamas.

Fans of the "No, David" books by David Shannon will love this new board book by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of Punk Farm.

Disclaimer: I received access to a digital advanced review copy (ARC) of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss. I was asked to write an honest review, though not necessarily a favourable one. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2001
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My kids have already dog-eared their copy of the this book. I know the text by heart because I read it to them every night. To be perfectly honest, I still enjoy it every time! My kids are very excited to meet the author at the book signing tonight! I can't wait till Mr. Krosoczka's next book arrives!
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By AmyJ on July 1, 2015
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I'm not sure what it is about this book, but my toddler absolutely loves this book. It's not very long or involved, and there's not a message or lesson to be learned. Maybe it's the eating bananas in bed, or Monkey Boy trying to brush his hair with toothpaste, but this book has charmed my kiddo. It's great for bedtime reading. Recommended for rambunctious boys!!
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