A jungle tug-of-war captures the colorful pizazz of tropical plant and animal life, but not the suspense of the real rope-pulling game. When a monkey drops in--literally falling off a vine--and tumbles into the jungle's watering hole, he upsets the calm routine of the other inhabitants. The giraffe and the monkey argue over possession of the vine, and soon the disagreement turns into a tugging match. Heavyweights join up on both sides, e.g., the rhino comes to the giraffe's aid, while the elephant lends her trunk to the monkey's cause. But the sides are so evenly matched that the only thing that can break the day-long deadlock is the vine itself, giving way to the pressure in a splendid wordless, double gatefold spread. The author's gorgeous collages employ painted hues of magenta, aqua, and various greens, along with patterns like reptilian scales, to create a lush rainforest on these pages. The collages are eye-catching, but may appear somewhat abstract, and therefore less than involving, to very young readers.