Never Smile at A Monkey
And 17 Other Important Things to Remember
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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.
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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