Tuesday, October 21

The Good, the Bad, and the Monkeys

The Good, the Bad, and the Monkeys
(Comics Land)
Written by Scott Sonneborn, illustrated by Jess Bradley

My rating: ★★★½

ISBN: 978-1434262837
Publisher: Stone Arch
Date of publication: August 1, 2013
Age: Grades K - 3
Genre: Graphic novel

Themes: monkeys, ranching, robbers, bravery

Jake is a rancher, taking care of a herd of monkeys. While taking them out to pasture in the banana grove, a group of monkey rustlers come roaring in and start nabbing the monkeys! They're all in cages before you can blink an eye! Luckily, Jake and his trusty horse, Horse, bravely take on the challenge. Will the monkeys be saved? Does Jake even want those darn monkeys back?

It's funny, it's imaginative, and it cleverly encourages kids to read. Thus, it is rather genius, no? The whole series is made up of easy-reading graphic novels, perfect for reluctant readers everywhere. Besides a cute story, there is a glossary of terms used, a sneak preview of the next book, activities, and a how-to-draw instructional. If you have a child who isn't too excited about reading on his/her own, give this book a try.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

Other favorites from this series:

My Little Bro-Bot
Written by Donald and Amy Lemke, illustrated by Jess Bradley

Tells the cute story about a little brother robot needing his big sister's help, even as he grows bigger than her.

Frank 'n' Beans
Written by Donald and Amy Lemke, illustrated by Jess Bradley

Frank doesn't want to finish his beans. That is, until a giant comes along, steals them, and takes Frank on a wild adventure.

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