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One Monkey Too Many

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JACKIE FRENCH KOLLER is the award-winning author of numerous books for children. She lives in Westfield, Massachusets. LYNN MUNSINGER has illustrated more than ninety books for children. She graduated from Tufts University in Boston and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, where she majored in illustration. She lives in Connecticut and Vermont.


PreS-K-This story begins as one deceptively calm monkey is presented with a bike: "`One,' said the bikeman./`This bike is for one./One monkey can ride it,/and one can have fun.'" Another monkey is hiding behind the bikeman, though, and as soon as his back is turned, it joins the first on the bike, and before long they crash in a thoroughly satisfying way. Chaos builds throughout as the monkeys are offered a golf cart for two, a canoe for three, a table for four (in a fancy restaurant, of course), and a bed for five. The closing scene, in which Koller insists that the book is for six monkeys, is perfect for this funny story that's ideal for group sharing. The infectious rhythm of the text never falters, and Munsinger's illustrations, set against plenty of white space, revel in the gleeful monkey business. Spilling, breaking, dropping, and crashing have never been this much fun.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

This mischievous rhyming and counting book revels in excess. Just one more monkey always appears, to crash the bike built for one, to wreck the canoe just right for three and to turn a bed for five into a pillow fight for six. In the last spread, the monkeys jump off the page to deface the book itself: "One monkey too many came sneaking and.../ ...LOOK!/ One monkey too many got into this book!" Munsinger's (Hooway for Wodney Wat, reviewed above) rambunctious, lively art is a joy: the monkeys are blithely bad, and the chaos into which every scenario devolves gives kids plenty of diversions to follow. In each new situation that arises, the artist shows the invading monkey hidden somewhere on the spread. Koller (Mole and Shrew All Year Through) turns the childhood impulse to join in the fun into a tale that will appeal to the imp in everyone. Ages 4-8. (Apr.)

"[A] perfect . . . story that's ideal for group sharing. The infectious rhythm of the text never falters."--School Library Journal "Koller . . . turns the childhood impulse to join in the fun into a tale that will appeal to the imp in everyone."--Publishers Weekly "Delightful . . . full of expression, movement, and wacky comedy."--Booklist

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