NEVER SMILE AT A MONKEY by Steve Jenkins

NEVER SMILE AT A MONKEY

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Age Range: 5 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Judi Barrett may have cautioned readers to Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (illustrated by John Nickle, 2008), and Jean Conder Soule’s sage advice to Never Tease a Weasel (illustrated by George Booth, 1964, 2007) has been passed on for generations. However, Jenkins’s current list of instructions are for the more practical and realistic explorer. That is, if one happens to stumble upon a cassowary or a blue-ringed octopus. Eighteen alliterative rules showcase the dangerous defense mechanisms of animals found in the wild. Jenkins warns readers to “never pet a platypus,” “never harass a hippopotamus” and, true to the title, “never smile at a monkey”—a Rhesus monkey to be precise. Baring teeth can be seen as an aggressive gesture and the monkey may attack. Illustrated with the author’s trademark ingenious paper collage, the animals look serene and unassuming, as is often the case in nature. But turn to the detailed endnotes, and jaws and claws are out with a vengeance. Another stunning environmental lesson from an aficionado of animal behavior. (further reading) (Informational picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 19th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-618-96620-2
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2009




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