Chico fixes a whole bunch of stuff at the beach and solves a mystery, too.
On a hot summer day, clever monkey Chico Bon Bon, armed with his trusty tool belt, sets about repairing the lawn sprinkler, which has been spraying too much water. Just as he's finishing up, Kitty pedals up on her mail bicycle with a postcard for Chico. It's from Clark, his elephant friend, inviting him to his uncle's beach resort for a vacation. Chico loves surfing, so it's off to the beach. The resort looks "amazing," but, mysteriously, many things have suddenly broken there. In short order, Clark and his uncle Bill (who happens to be an alligator) put Chico to work making repairs. He uses seaweed to fix a hole in a cabana roof, patches a leaky boat and repairs ropes on a whole row of hammock. But his biggest challenge by far is the water slide, which is going crazy, spraying water in a whoosh like a giant fire hose. The door to the pump room is locked, but that doesn't stop Chico. He easily breaks in (in an eight-panel operation that includes eating a banana) and finds the surprising culprit. There's only one thing left to do: "Let's go surfing!" Monroe's breezy, detailed illustrations match the energy and enthusiasm of her tale.
Fact-filled fun for the curious fixer-in-training. (Picture book. 4-8)