When a monkey in the zoo overhears a little boy talking about his first day of school, she begins to dream of a life outside her cage. She gets her chance when the boy leaves his backpack behind! After an exciting zoo escape, the monkey sets off on a journey to return the backpack. Of course, along the way, there is plenty of monkey business...
The third Animal Tale is a funny adventure full of mischief and daring, just right for readers who are graduating from chapter books. Evocative black-and-white art throughout will encourage and charm young readers.
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ERIN SODERBERG has written a Candy Apple for Scholastic, some Romantic Comedies for Pulse, and an upcoming edgy YA stand alone. She's also a brand-manager for Nickelodeon. Erin lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.From School Library Journal:
Gr 3-4–Willa the monkey lives at the zoo, which she likes well enough, but she has a nagging desire to know what lies beyond the Monkey Pit. One day, she has a reason to act when a child visitor leaves his backpack behind. Willa wants to return it, but she also thinks: "I suddenly want, more than anything, to know what's on the other side." So begins her wild adventure in the Human City. Readers will be in suspense wondering if the monkey will succeed in returning the backpack, and if she will emerge from her journey unscathed. Told from Willa's perspective, the story snaps right along with one close call after another. However, unremarkable writing and logical inconsistencies (the monkeys speak in their own language but can still understand English) detract from the story. Another concern is that the subject matter may be too babyish for the children able to read the text. Not an essential purchase by any means, but possibly a consideration for libraries in which other books in the series are popular.Amy Holland, Hamlin Public Library, Rochester, NY
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