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Monkey with a Tool Belt (Carolrhoda Picture Books) Library Binding – April 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Series: Carolrhoda Picture Books
  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822576317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822576310
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Customer Reviews

I love reading this with my 4 and 7 yeard old.
Missy18
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.
Nonfiction
Cute book with detailed illustrations that make it fun to read/look at again and again.
Ready2205

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 13, 2008
Format: Library Binding
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Milton on September 6, 2008
Format: Library Binding
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jmchicago on September 23, 2011
Format: Library Binding
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carrster on March 19, 2008
Format: Library Binding
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nonfiction on July 5, 2012
Format: Library Binding
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ace Osprey on November 26, 2011
Format: Library Binding
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 Tool Belt" is about exactly that, a monkey with a tool belt. His name is Chico Bon Bon. He uses his tool belt to build things for his friends and to solve problems. The problem he needs to solve in this story is escaping from the organ grinder who plans to put him in the circus. Chico Bon Bon teaches children that with the proper tools and a little ingenuity you can accomplish a great deal, including overcoming challenges.

Chico Bon Bon - what a great name. I like it and my granddaughter loves to say it. As a fellow IPPY award winner, I originally purchased "Monkey with a Tool Belt" to checkout the competition. It was not my favorite book but I learned a valuable lesson in that it is one of my granddaughter's new favorite books. Go figure, it appeals to its intended market - children. She likes the excitement and suspense of Chico getting captured and then later escaping. There are two parts that make the book interactive for a child like my granddaughter. The first is a full spread showing the long and winding road that the organ grinder rides his bike across, with an entrapped Chico strapped to the back. The text reads, "He road a long, long way." However, my granddaughter slowly traces the whole road and all its loops and turns with her index finger. The text becomes "He rode a long, long, long, long, loooooooong, looooooooooooong, long, long, long, loooooooooong, long, long way. She loves it! She also traces along with her finger when Chico escapes and runs away down another road. My granddaughter likes the cartoon style humor and illustrations. Now back to Chico Bon Bon. The first page of the story has an illustration of Chico wearing his tool belt. It reads, "Here is Chico Bon Bon.
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