Friday, November 2, 2012

Thankfully I wasn't arrested, and came home with the monkey jackpot instead...

Yesterday we hit the library jackpot.  I scooped up so many good books that I kept glancing over my shoulder, expecting some emergency alert system to start blaring with sirens and red search lights.  Taking so many good books at once always makes me feel a bit like a criminal.  I think I might have an unnatural fear of library arrest.  Honestly, let's face it -- pretty much any fear of library arrest should be categorized as unnatural.

But, I'm happy to report that after this paranoid citizen escaped the premises without being tackled by library secret service agents, the boys and I had the best night exploring our loot. And we've barely scratched the surface.

We already have some new heartthrobs.  One I'd back as a Caldecott-contender.  (If it wasn't up against  Extra Yarn, that is...because, in my opinion, Extra Yarn should win every award this year, hands down.)  I'll share more about that one tomorrow.

Nolan, my youngest, loves monkeys.  He wants to be one with all of his monkey-loving being.  And he wishes I was his monkey mama.  His only requirement for yesterday's library trip was monkey books.  I typed the word "monkey" into the library database, closed my eyes and hoped for the best.  My book standards are sometimes too high and I hate taking home books that I'm not absolutely in love with.  I might have shouted, "Come on - Mama needs a new good book!"  Or I might have kept my mouth shut - for which I'm sure Nolan will be forever grateful.  But we really did hit the monkey jackpot.  We discovered the Monkey with a Tool Belt series by author/illustrator Chris Monroe.

Both boys are in giggley, slap-happy, read-it-again-and-again love with these books.  And, really, how could they not be, right?  After all -- it's a monkey.   With a tool belt.  And not just any tool belt.  It's the zany, quirky, non-based-in-reality kind.

You know how much I love absurdity in a book.  Monkey with a tool belt is brimming with the best kind of hilarious nonsense.  And the loose, but detailed illustrations give you more to smile about the more you study them.

Make sure you read them in order to get the most out of the humor and the heroic monkey, Chico Bon Bon, who can fix any problem that comes his way.

Check them out of your local library without fear of arrest -- or buy them here:


  1. I WANT every single book that you review, Shelley! I'm so glad you have this blog because I will use it faithfully in picking out books for the grandchildren. I love that you write just exactly how you talk. I love your heart, Shelley . . . I'm your aunt, and I can say that!

    1. I want them all too!!! Oh well. At least there's the library. Thanks again for always being a wonderful encourager.

  2. Oh gosh, that monkey is adorable. Adding it to my list. :)

    1. He is adorable! My little guy keeps saying, "I that monkey!" ... he wants to be Chico Bon Bon so badly. =)


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