From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Elephant likes to parrot everything Monkey says until, "Achoo!" Monkey sneezes. Elephant sneezes-once, twice, three times, and suddenly he feels sick. Monkey takes care of him, with soft hay to rest on, fresh water to drink, and rock juggling to entertain him. No sooner than Elephant recoups, Monkey feels under the weather. Elephant takes care of her by bringing her hay and water to cool her forehead and playing trunk trumpet songs to amuse her. The simple, yet detailed digital illustrations and cool palette complement the mood and message of the text. This follow-up to Monkey and Elephant (Candlewick, 2012) contains endearing dialogue between the two characters. Their expressive faces, gestures, and words convey the interactions of true friends. Monkey and Elephant have distinct voices that would make this a great read-aloud. The story also has the appropriate pacing and length for youngsters transitioning to independent reading with books like Mo Willems's "Elephant and Piggie" series (Hyperion).-Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampaα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Constructed around the explicit lesson that “you are you and I am me,” this sequel to 2012’s Monkey and Elephant will engage newly emergent readers. In three chapters, Monkey first expresses annoyance when Elephant copies her, then provides TLC when Elephant comes down with a cold, and finally receives the same when she in turn develops the sneezles. Bernstein depicts the two friends in a woodsy setting, makes them large on the page so their changing expressions will be easy to track, and adds a touch of playfulness by coloring the trees lavender and Elephant a greenish turquoise. With its simply written text and plotline, this low-key episode will spark feelings of sympathy in readers as Monkey and Elephant “get better” at being themselves. It could easily lead to a general discussion of differences in shape, behavior, and abilities, too. Grades K-3. --John Peters