A comic tale about sharing and friendship.
In the sequel to The Monkey Goes Bananas (2014), Bloom (actually three authors in one: Carly Dempsey, Ed Bloom and illustrator Raymundo) and Raymundo offer another humorous tale with minimal text. Perhaps beginning where the last story left off, the monkey joyfully contemplates a banana on the copyright page, while an equally happy bee buzzes nearby. As the monkey is about to partake of said banana, the bee lands on it with a hopeful smile. Apparently unwilling to share, the monkey flicks the bee away, but the bee is not so easily dissuaded. What follows is a merry chase in which the monkey gets in serious trouble when a swat meant for the bee lands on a lion—but what’s this? It’s the bee to the rescue! In the end, the two new friends sleep off full stomachs. Using the same dark, heavy-lined style as in the first book, Raymundo places heavy emphasis on the characters by mostly isolating them against blue sky with just a little foliage for set dressing. Perspective, page turns and occasional graphic panels neatly convey the physical comedy.
This lighthearted story has a lot to offer as a discussion starter and read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-8)