Monkey Ono by J. C. Phillipps

monkey ono

Monkey Ono
J. C. Phillipps
Viking, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-670-78505-6
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool
3 Stars

Monkey Ono is a toy monkey who is very excited. It is Beach Day, the day when Monkey Ono’s owners are going to the beach. Monkey Ono is excited to stow away so that he can enjoy the fun of being at the beach. However, the bag that he stowed away in wasn’t one that was taken to the beach. Now Monkey Ono is trying to find a new way to get to the beach. Perhaps he can get the dog to take him, get flushed down the toilet to the beach, or be flung from the hammock to the beach. When all three of these plans do not work Monkey Ono becomes very glum. Until Monkey Ono and the pet dog, cat, and fish come up with a new plan for a Beach Day at home. He will lay in the dirt while soaking his feet in the bird bath while looking at the pet fish. Playing in the sand, getting your feet wet, and looking at fish are all part of Beach Day! This is a humorous tale of one determined toy monkey to enjoy the beach. The textured illustrations are delightful and will keep readers looking at details over and over again. Plus the child-like drawings of Monkey Ono’s plans will help youngsters relate to the grand plans of a kid (or in this case a toy) that are big on dreams though often not quite perfect in their execution.

What to do after reading this book:
Go to the beach.
Have a “beach day” at home.
Eat “sand”wiches.
Play in a blow-up pool in your back yard.
Go to a water park.
Pretend that your toys are playing while you aren’t looking. Draw what they would do while you weren’t at home.
Watch a movie where the characters go to the beach.

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