Ordinary Basil: Attack of the Volcano Monkeys

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In this irresistible adventure, Basil comes face-to-face with evil von Rottweil on mysterious Monkey Island--where monkeys have human intelligence. Again Basil must face his fears to save the world.

Basil Pepperell thinks he's ordinary, but when he and his friend Louise ride her pet pteranodon, Beatrice, to forbidden Monkey Island, they discover an advanced society of monkeys bred to have human intelligence. This is the work of evil Euric von Rottweil, who is planning to use his monkeys to further his plan of "Peace Through World Domination." Stunning full-color illustrations on every page make this a wild, exciting page-turner.

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Grade 3–4—The characters from The Extraordinary Adventures of Ordinary Basil (Scholastic, 2006) are back for another adventure. Louise entices Basil to come on a trip to mysterious Monkey Island, neglecting to tell him that children are banned from visiting there. Once on the island—complete with a volcano—they discover intelligent monkeys who have been part of an experiment conducted by evil Dr. Von Röttweil, a character from the first book. But the experiment has gone terribly wrong and the monkeys have set up a despotic society. Basil and Louise are recruited to help a group of rebels overthrow the monkey king, and battles, capture, rescues, surprises, and reversals of fortune ensue. At one point Basil escapes, almost drowns, but is rescued and returned home by Von Röttweil. Nevertheless he returns to the island to try and save Louise. On his arrival, he finds that the rebels have defeated the king and set up a democracy. Flat character development and a jumbled plot make this an additional purchase that may appeal to readers who can't get enough of nonstop adventure. Bright, colorful illustrations from Miller, the creator of the comic strip Non Sequitur, fill the pages.— Terrie Dorio, Santa Monica Public Library, CA
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