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Monkey with a Tool Belt School & Library Binding – December 15, 2007

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From the Inside Flap

This is Chico Bon Bon.

These are his tools.

And this is the organ-grinder

who has no idea

what Chico can do with them!

Do you?

From the Back Cover

Chris Monroe's illustrations for Totally Uncool were praised by Publishers Weekly as "[walking] an assured line between the childlike and the sophisticated."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: AD570L (What's this?)
  • Series: Monkey With a Tool Belt
  • School & Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (December 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822576317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822576310
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 9.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reasons To Read the Book "Monkey with a Tool Belt":

#1: It is named "Monkey with a Tool Belt".
#2: It features a monkey by the name of Chico Bon Bon.
#3: And yes, it's brilliant, funny, well-illustrated, blah blah blah. But did you see the title? It's MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT!! How cool is that?

Basically, inside every book reviewer is a five-year-old child who screams with delight when she reads titles created by talented whizzes like Chris Monroe. Ms. Monroe is a Minnesotan with a cartoonist background and an ear for a funny phrase. With this, her second foray into the world of picture books, the result is delightful. Distinctly child-friendly with great art and a story worth reading, "Monkey with a Tool Belt" (I just can't say it often enough) is going to wind up being one of those books that kids remember and treasure for years.

Chico Bon Bon. Your average everyday monkey with a tool belt. Outfitted with everything from claw hammers to clam hammers, Chico is the kind of guy you want around when something needs fixing or building. And even when he doesn't get something right the first time, it doesn't take long for him to correct his mistake. One day, Chico is trapped by a nefarious organ grinder intent on making the monkey his new dancing stooge. Fortunately, after the organ grinder takes Chico to his home, he indulges in operating a lot of his loud appliances at once. This is more than adequate to cover up the sound of Chico's tools as he takes a variety of steps towards escaping from his box. One rubber hammer later Chico is on the bus home (his fare having been contained in the belt as well). Safely tucked into bed, the monkey dreams of the things he'll build and invent tomorrow.
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My boys (3 & 5) love Chico Bon Bon and his tool belt. They want to read it every night - over & over - and we all laugh out loud every time. Love it! Possibly my favorite children's book ever.
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Buy this if you'd like to have a conversation with a 4yo about why somebody would steal you and take you to their home and keep you in a cage.
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The Chico Bon Bon books were a very special gift to my two boys. My oldest, 3, loves Chico Bon Bon! Chico Bon Bon is our hero. We read the books over and over. Every time we read the book my son picks up on something new. This book introduced my son to the idea of making step by step plans. He recreates these plans in playing with toys.

The book is so funny too! The water buffalo call, OH-Woo-GA!, is now part of our every day discourse.
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O.K. heres the deal, there are a couple of bad revews on this book and I think it's pretty simple to see why. These parents are far to serious. it's that simple. this book is just plain fun, my 4 year old loves the adventures of Chico Bon Bon and it all started with this book. Yeah sure the story is silly and would never reallty happen but that's really the point, to lighten up a little. If you read Courderoy to your kids and came away thinking "boy that could never happen, how stupid." than dont get this book. But if you enjoy seeing you kids smile and hearing them giggle then this is a book for you.
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MONKEY WITH A TOOLBELT was the first book I bought for my baby daughter. Granted she won't *get* it for a long time, but it's sure fun for me to read to her! It's so fun & cute & clever - I particularly love Chico's long list of silly (and not so silly) tools and the illustrations are fantastic. So much to look at and enjoy. I highly recommend this book for you & your little ones! Nice work, Chris!
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Monkey with a Toolbelt is good silly fun for preschoolers/early elementary kids. The illustrations are detailed and add to the humor of story. The kidnapping was not scary to my child and he is scared easily. That said every child finds different things scary so I do understand parents wanting to preview it to check but I found it to be very innocuous. Chico Bon Bon (the monkey) is not injured and escapes easily using his quick thinking and handy toolbelt. If you'd like a good giggle with your little one(s) or you have a tool-obsessed child I'd highly recommend this book.
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I am a professional woodworker, a writer and teacher. Today in my school wood shop shop I had lots of first, second, third and forth grade monkeys busy with hand saws, hammers, nails bench vises, sanding blocks and tape measures.

Another reader compared Chico Bon Bon with Curious George. While George is naked, Chico does wears his tool belt, even to bed. Beyond imaginative plot and wonderful illustrations there is no comparison. Chico Bon Bon solves problems and makes things in service of others through the use of tools. Abraham Maslow said that if the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Chico uses all kinds of tools in problem solving. He is an incredible example for kids and very much needed in an environment in which witless parents push laptops in the hands of toddlers.

A grandmother artist friend of mine bought tools for her grandson, and the mother wouldn't allow them in the house. He son, she said, "might make a mess or damage the furniture." If you are that kind of mother, valuing your things and cleanliness over the growth of your child, you would not want to introduce "Monkey with a Tool Belt" to your home. Kids love tools and desperately need the opportunity to learn things from the real world, and your virtual reality of perfect parenthood will be laid bare as an empty wasteland.

But, if you are a parent or grandparent who remembers what it is like to make things, and to feel the satisfaction of solving problems through the use of your own imagination, "Monkey with a Tool Belt" AND "Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem", are two books you and your child will enjoy!
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