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MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DRAW by Alex Beard

MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DRAW

By Alex Beard (Author) , Alex Beard (Illustrator)

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8109-8970-2
Publisher: Abrams

Near the Mbuno Hills in Africa, a troop of competitive monkeys learn a lesson in creativity from savvy Elephant. The monkeys love playing games like Ring Around the Rhino, Pin the Tail on the Warthog and Monkey in the Middle. One day Elephant leads the monkeys inside a cave, where they discover splendid paintings of animals created from handprints and footprints. When Elephant shows them how to make their own drawings using mud, handprints and footprints, the monkeys design a new game called Monkey See, Monkey Draw—till Elephant convinces them drawing's not a contest but a joy in its own right. Bold, imaginative and very comical pen, ink and watercolor illustrations rely on line, color, pattern and thumbprints to produce surreal, gangly blue monkeys frenetically cavorting and clambering across the pages. Trim borders focus attention on the main activity of each double-page spread, but monkey tails, arms and legs inevitably spill into margins filled with indigenous flora and fauna. Beard aptly conjures the look and feel of prehistoric cave paintings, inspiring readers to create their own. Wild and wonderful. (author’s note) (Picture book. 4-8)