From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—A big brother is skeptical of the little pink monkeys his sister says have moved into the refrigerator. Dad supports Maggie's claim, and "was careful not to shut the door on their tails when he took out the mayonnaise." Mom makes extra banana pudding for them and older sister Kate helps dress them in invisible clothes. Big brother doesn't buy the premise that they live in the refrigerator because they are polar monkeys. When he confronts his mother, she responds, "Sometimes...it's hard to know what's real." When his friends come over, they laugh at Maggie's monkeys and threaten to let them escape. Big brother notices and responds to Maggie's tears and "quick, worried suck" of her thumb. He steps up to her defense, affirming his love for her. Carter's black colored pencil and gouache cartoon illustrations feature a lively family in a cheerfully decorated home. Pages depicting characters who support Maggie's belief are framed and have a little monkey hanging onto the border. Pages with big brother's skepticism are plain and unframed until he, too, buys into the story. This splendidly crafted tale of imagination and family love may start discussions about what is real, what is not, and the power of persuasion.—Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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About the Author
Linda Sanders-Wells, a freelance writer, says of her first book, "To me, MAGGIE'S MONKEYS is about two very powerful forces: love and imagination. Magical things happen when those two are at play in our lives." She lives in Cincinnati.
Abby Carter has illustrated many books for children, including the Andy Shane series by Jennifer Richard Jacobson and FULLHOUSE: AN INVITATION TO FRACTIONS by Dayle Ann Dodds. She lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.