MONKEY SUNDAY: A Story from a Congolese Village by Sanna Stanley

MONKEY SUNDAY: A Story from a Congolese Village

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An unusual tale with a small scope, strong on atmosphere, weak in its storytelling and in its illustration. A family in the Congo prepares for a Thanksgiving celebration. Luzolo, about six, is trying hard to be on her best behavior and sit still during the religious service where her father is the preacher, and where his mentor will be in attendance. She is irresistibly drawn to animals, and many wander into the open-air setting. Still, Luzolo resists the temptation to touch and play with them, even when her mother asks her to intervene when animals get into the food. It's not much of a story, and the illustrations do not intensify the drama; they are poorly drawn and composed, with skewed perspectives that are artless.

Pub Date: April 20th, 1998
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: "Farrar, Straus & Giroux"