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MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE NOISY PROBLEM by Chris Monroe

MONKEY WITH A TOOL BELT AND THE NOISY PROBLEM

By Chris Monroe (Author) , Chris Monroe (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: April 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-8225-9247-1
Publisher: Carolrhoda

Industrious monkey saves mistaken elephant. Chico Bon Bon is awakened from a sound sleep in his tree house by a loud “AROOGA BOOM CLANG CLANG.” Strapping on his trusty tool belt, the monkey thinks he spots the problem almost immediately, fixing a curtain rod that has fallen down in the strong wind. But the booming sound returns during Chico’s breakfast, and he scours his tree house looking for the cause: stairs, hamper, chimney, the walls, even the pool—nothing. But later, Chico tosses some dirty clothes into the laundry chute and the noise comes booming back. With the aid of his flashlight, Chico discovers there’s an elephant (named Clark) stuck in the chute! Monroe’s imaginative illustrations play with composition as well as perspective, offering detail-minded readers endless surprises. The goofball text unfolds with tongue firmly in cheek, the vision of Clark wedged in the chute producing only a mild concern in Chico, who reflects, when Clark tells him he was looking for Elsa’s house, just a couple trees over, that it “DOES look a lot like mine.” A winner. (Picture book. 3-7)