Get ready to count monkeys.
We’ll start off on the very first page with one – cobra? That can’t
be right, where are the monkeys? Apparently the slithery serpent has frightened
them off. But how do we get rid of the cobra? How will we find the monkeys to
count and how many will we find?
So much more than a counting book, Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett is the
funniest picture book of the year!
Breaking the “fourth wall,” Barnett invites readers to participate in his
quest to find monkeys to count, and to shoo away the creatures who are
preventing him from finding his monkeys. This is a wonderfully interactive book
that is even more fun to read out loud. Kids will love reacting to the
narrator’s silly suggestions for dealing with cobras, crocodiles, wolves, and
even lumberjacks. Barnett magically transforms a simple counting book into a
raucous, uproarious adventure! This is a book that even parents will enjoy
reading over and over.
Kevin Cornell’s illustrations wonderfully capture the zest and spirit of this
fun romp (He even extends the fun all the way to the endpaper.) With bright
colors, comic facial expressions and lots of action, Cornell helps make this
book more fun than a barrel of monkeys!