Never Smile at A Monkey

And 17 Other Important Things to Remember

Jenkins, Steve

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Never Smile at A Monkey
Discover how dangerous an animal can be when it feels threatened or trapped.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2009
ISBN: 9780618966202
Branch Call Number: j 591.65 J528n 2009 Beginning Facts
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,26 cm


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Feb 24, 2013

I think this is a great book. I did not know for example squid had teeth. That is interesting to know. I recommend this book to you parents. The title is catchy as well. This books is very informative about animals most children a curious about. I studied cane toads, and realized they were in this book as well. There are a lot of animals you probably do not know that are poisonous, or even dangerous. If you want your child to explore some more, or if they want to themselves, this is a great book for both parents, and children of all ages to read. It also had a glossary in the back with information on all 17 animals.

Jun 23, 2011
  • felixzhang rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It has taught me a lot about animals to watch out for. The animals in this book are amazing.

Aug 20, 2010
  • seejaneread rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Also: don't stare at the baboons at the zoo. They will lunge at you and give you a heart attack.

This book is awesome. There are a lot of poisonous and freaky animals out there.

I loved the illustrations.


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Feb 24, 2013

jrmccowan thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over

Jun 22, 2011
  • felixzhang rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

felixzhang thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 7


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Feb 24, 2013

Have you ever smiled at a monkey before? Have you ever saw a cobra snake in person? Have you ever confronted a kangaroo? Well, this book titled “Never Smile at a Monkey,” is a book that tells you the in’s and out of 18 different animals. This book will help you if you if you even encounter any of these animals. “NEVER smile at a Monkey,” is a book everyone will enjoy because, I am sure you have never smiled at a monkey.

Aug 16, 2011

Gr 1-4-A visually stunning book illustrated with cut paper and torn collages. Jenkins's introductory warnings are gently alliterative: "NEVER pet a platypus"; "NEVER touch a tang." The gentleness stops there, however. "NEVER jostle a jellyfish. A box jellyfish, that is. Most jellyfish can sting people, but..If you are unlucky enough to become really entangled with a box jellyfish, you can die very quickly." Readers may enjoy staring deadly danger in the face, knowing that it is distant and rare. They'll also be treated to fascinating facts about creatures like the cassowary, electric caterpillar, cane toad, and puffer fish. Further reading is provided in the back matter, including an explanation of animals' need for powerful protection from their predators in the wild. This exceptionally well-written portion of the book is generously illustrated. The most eloquent of these cut paper and torn collages are on the front and back covers, which feature a rhesus monkey looking solemnly out, and then opening its large mouth filled with scarily sharp teeth. This superlative illustrator has given children yet another work that educates and amazes.-Susan Weitz, formerly at Spencer-Van Etten School District, Spencer, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc


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Feb 24, 2013

“Never stare at a spitting cobra. Never badger a beaded lizard. Never cuddle a cub.”


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