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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416957715
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416957713
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author of Chicken Cheeks (2009) offers here an in-your-face, metafictive text reminiscent of the works of Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, 2003) and Melanie Watt (Have I Got a Book for You!, 2009). A monkey, claiming to read minds, proceeds to describe a roller-skating, banana-juggling, hula-hooping, bubble-gum-nose-blowing purple kangaroo that ends up on the moon searching for his wild-eyed chinchilla friend. At the end, faced with the reality that the reader is not imagining said character, Monkey retorts, “You’re thinking of one now!!!” Peter Brown’s digitally tweaked acrylic-and-pencil artwork makes use of many comic-book techniques, including cartoon-styled figures, speech and thought bubbles, and iconic lines to convey information. One close-up, for example, depicts the monkey’s face, his pupils connected to spiraling purple lines representing an attempt to hypnotize the reader. While Black’s comedic style may not appeal to every adult reader, the sheer silliness of these characters and situations is sure to be a hit with its intended listeners. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kay Weisman

About the Author

Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who has created and starred in many television series, including Michael and Michael Have Issues, Stella, and The State. He also starred in the NBC television show Ed and on VH1’s I Love The... series. He wrote the screenplay for the film Run, Fatboy, Run and wrote and directed the film Wedding Daze. Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face) and the children’s books Chicken Cheeks, The Purple Kangaroo, A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea, I’m Bored, Naked!, and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Peter Brown is the author of Children Make Terrible Pets and the critically acclaimed artist of Chowder and Flight of the Dodo. He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, California, and he lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Peter at PeterBrownStudio.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay on September 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I see it as a good fit for kids 5 and up. It has that talking to the reader think Mo Willems does, very lively and inventively laid out illustrations and streams of words that are simply a blast to read out loud. Brief synopsis: A fast talking monkey converts a lemonade stand to a mind reader's booth and proceeds to read the reader's mind. What the reader is supposedly thinking about invovles a purple kangaroo searching for his long lost chinchilla friend "Senor Ernesto de Pantalones". Clever, animated, tongue-twisting fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Falenski on August 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My two-year-old son LOVES this book. He may not understand the humor, but the text provides for a fun read, and he certainly responds. He laughs and smiles throughout. He calls it the "monkey book" and requests it all the time!
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I rated this 5 stars because I can't bring myself to give anything with the Michael Ian Black name attached to it anything less. I will say that my boy loves the books Naked and I'm Bored more than this, and barely ever makes it to the end of this one - maybe he's to little for it, as it takes some advanced thought to comprehend the amusing nature of the premise. Still, this book is vastly superior to most other books aimed at kids.
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By windydreams on August 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The story is very funny. My 4 year old boy loved listening to this story and his father loved to read it to him as many times as it was requested!
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