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MONKEYS AND DOG DAYS by Kate Banks

MONKEYS AND DOG DAYS

By Kate Banks (Author) , Tomek Bogacki (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: Aug. 11th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-374-35029-1
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Banks and Bogacki team up again (Mama’s Coming Home, 2003, etc.), this time with their first book for new readers, which is also the first book in the Monkey Readers series. Monkey brothers Max and Pete convince their parents that they are mature enough to get a dog. They promise to share the responsibilities and are overjoyed when brown-and-white Fudge joins the family. But after the initial excitement wears off Pete leaves the dog care to his little brother, and soon Fudge shows a preference for Max. In the end, both brothers and dog learn subtle lessons about responsibility and rewards. The large number of words per page might be daunting for the newest reader, but the endearing characters and appealing plot will encourage them to return to the monkey brothers again and again. The enticing “1” on the spine means the monkey brothers may well return for many more adventures; let’s hope so. For readers who are ready for a step up in difficulty from Henry and Mudge. (Reader. 5-9)