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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 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • 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: #189,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 13, 2008
Format: School & 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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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 series with Chico Bon Bon is great. My 6 and 4 year old enjoy me reading these stories to them. After my 100th time (believe me I know) they still ask for it every now and then. It's entertaining just to read off the list of tools he carries in his tool belt. Kudos to the illustrator/author as the drawings were very well detailed and we enjoyed looking at them.
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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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Chico Bon Bon is a silly monkey, and the stories are only mediocre. The tools are what grabs my sons attention. We have two of these books and will probably just lend from the library any more stories
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The theme of this book is kid(monkey)napping and how the monkey escapes his captor. We had another Monkey with a Tool Belt title and liked it enough to purchase this one, but I wish I would have checked it from the library first.
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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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