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MONKEY BUSINESS by J.otto Seibold


by J.otto Seibold & Vivian Walsh & illustrated by J.otto Seibold

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-670-86393-9
Publisher: Viking

 A free-wheeling tale about the first monkey in space who returns home a hero and turns his fame into industry. He manufactures strange little objects that are so popular that he plans to put the millionth one in a museum. A miscalculation puts the millionth in the path of a homeless bug named Penelope; she can't lift it, but a helpful man named Quincy takes it home and accidently aims the television remote control at it. It opens to reveal a room just the right size for Penelope. The monkey, in the meantime, discovers his mistake and goes in search of the millionth little object. There's a happy ending, the setting is postindustrial, the characters are outlandish, and Penelope is just lovely. The plot unfolds in computer-generated illustrations (the same medium Seibold used in Mr. Lunch Borrows a Canoe, 1994, not reviewed, etc.) that are completely wacky. They never stray too far from the red/yellow/brown part of the color spectrum, showing figures, faces, and postures that are screwball and upbeat. The compositions are chaotically cluttered with words, signs, and diagrams--and no shortage of visual jokes. Flawless three-dimensional shading has been harnessed to a perspective that looks as if it has been turned inside out and on its head. This may sound unreadable, but it's not; the presentation is crisp and clear, and the result is unbridled fun. (Picture book. 3-8)