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Monkey and Elephant's Worst Fight Ever! Hardcover – March 8, 2011

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"The heavy-line cartoon illustrations populated by simple, rubber-limbed characters relate the instructive tale with pitch-perfect notes of humor and silliness that never approach the didactic."
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About the Author

MIKE TOWNSEND is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts. He is obsessed with monkeys, who tend to show up even in his stories that are not about monkeys. As a child, Mike drew little comics for the kids' section of his local paper, early forerunners to the two Kit Feeny graphic novels he has recently created.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 450L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375857176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375857171
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,713,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When Michael Townsend was a little boy he loved reading comic books, eating chocolate cake, and thinking about the name he would one day give his pet monkey. They were good years.
When adulthood finally struck, Michael, realized that it was time to pick a direction in life... a career. He decided he would go to college to learn how to be a professional chocolate cake eater! He was crushed when he discovered no such profession exists (yet) so he decided to go for his second choice in careers and attended the School of Visual Arts (in NYC) to train as an artist.
After years of artistic training, he dove into the world of writing and illustrating children's books. He's had a blast so far and if all goes well he will one day have enough money to buy a cake factory and a pet monkey. He already has the name picked out, Jiggles Microwave Townsend.

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Format: Hardcover
There is a new genre of books being published these days, the children's graphic picture book. By that, I mean, a picture book geared toward the pre-K thru 2nd grade set that uses a comic format with individual panels and dialog bubbles to convey its narrative. Though, I have found that this type of book is not the best for reading a loud to a group of children. This book better serves to be read by an individual or adult/child. The illustrations are black line, simple, cartoon-like,yet detailed enough to understand some of the strong emotions.

On to what I think of the story!

It's a rather common problem that can happen between BFFs. Monkey goes to visit his friend Elephant to find that he's having a party. Monkey is shocked and hurt that he wasn't among the invited! So, instead of investigating further, he runs away crying and upset. After stewing for awhile, Monkey angrily decides to exact his revenge on Elephant by sneaking into his house and putting his toys in the freezer. Of course, then Elephant later discovers them after reading a sign left by his "Ex-Best Friend Monkey". From there, the battle is on when Elephant retaliates and so on. Young children will giggle at the sight of a sleeping Elephant getting a happy face painted on his rear end.

Eventually, the fighting and tricks get to be so out of hand that the other beleaguered animals decide to step in. Kids may relate to misunderstandings that friends can have which results in hurt feelings. Or, when two of their friends argue or fight while they just want everyone to get along. To think it could have all been avoided had Monkey simply knocked on the door!
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Format: Hardcover
"I like this even better than Elephant and Piggie!" That is high praise indeed coming from my daughter (For the uninitiated, E & P is Mo Willem's brilliant early reader series). I loved it, too.

Monkey and Elephant's worst fight ever is bad indeed - bad enough to practically destroy the little island they live on, much to the distress of the island's other inhabitants. But it all starts with a simple misunderstanding that escalates... and escalates... and escalates.

This book is a hilarious take on a very realistic problem. ..and, also true to life, its only solved when Monkey and Elephant hash out their problems when they are forced to work together.

The story is well paced, the examples are deliciously silly, and the illustrations are great. I haven't read anything by Michael Townsend before, but I'll be on a lookout for his other books now. And I hope to see more of Monkey and Elephant's hijinks in the future.
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So clever, very enjoyable. About friendship and forgiveness with a lot of humor. bought book after borrowing it from the library.
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