- Age Range: 12 and up
- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse (August 3, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593070268
- ISBN-13: 978-1593070267
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,889,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tony Millionaires Sock Monkey: Uncle Gabby Hardcover – June 1, 2004
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Suffice to say that the whole Sock Monkey world is not what we thought it was. Nothing is safe. Nothing is sacred. Nothing is canon. The message of this book appears to be that all you really have for certain is what is right in front of you and the experience at this present moment. Memories could be false or mistaken. The future is totally unknown and potentially disasterous. But look, there's the moon.
Most kids can handle this book, I think. It's the parents who will walk away from the bedside with jaw hanging slack and their eyes wide open.
I'm giving this 5 stars despite being afraid to pick up the book again. Any children's book that prompts this kind of serious thought using pictures of a sock monkey riding around in a cart pulled by a pair of yorkies deserves all the stars that I can possibly give.
This book will be remembered as a peer amongst the likes the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. The drawings are astounding. The story is beautiful.
One of the issues people have with Tony Millionaire is that he writes some stories geared for children and some stories geared for adults but often uses the same characters. This can cause a bit of confusion among readers and I've read several reviews by people complaining that they expected a children's Sock Monkey story but instead got a story that they wouldn't read to a child. I read Uncle Gabby to my wife and she found it too dark for a child. I didn't feel this way however the concepts in the books might go over a younger readers head and the vocabulary in the book is above the level of a grade school student. The reading level is listed as 9-12 but I really think that's inaccurate. I can imagine the frustration a publisher might feel when faced with a book with such an unclear target audience. On the other hand it implies to me that this book is Tony Millionaire's true vision. I don't think he writes stories for target audiences, he just writes what he feels and I find that highly admirable.
Uncle Gabby can be read straight through in less than 15 minutes. In keeping with Millionaires style it has a very surreal dreamlike quality.Read more ›
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I wanted to get my son some sock monkey books that weren't too juvenile for his age (11 yrs). He is into comics but only if they are old. This item was perfect. Read morePublished on May 18, 2009 by Misty Martin