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Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Clumsy Monkey (Animal Antics) by Lucy Courtenay

Roll up, roll up, for some crazy creature capers! Morris is a very shy monkey, which is no fun when his whole family loves nothing better than howling, whooping, shouting, laughing and generally being very loud and raucous. Poor mumbling Morris decides to set out to find some new, quiet friends. But there's danger lurking in the jungle, especially for a little monkey. Morris needs to speak up, but will he ever find his voice?
Morris the monkey is a young monkey who has difficulty in climbing and remaining hung on to trees, he his a clumsy monkey. Following an embarrassing lesson in the nursery class, Morris decides he would be better on his own, not causing more embarrassment to his mum. However, when Morris decides to go on a nighttime adventure he finds a couple of leopards are about to pounce on his old troop - can Morris raise the alarm and save his old friends??
This is the fifth book in the fabulous Animal Antics series by Lucy Courtenay and is just as good, if not better than the previous books in the series. The book is great for a child to share with others or for children 7+ to read on their own. The story is split into chapters which are the perfect length to read at night time. Throughout the book, there are many brilliantly drawn illustrations by Phil Alderson which are not particularly cartoon like.
During this book I was introduced to a new animal, the Pangolin, an animal I had never heard of. At the end of the book there is also two pages of useful, totally true facts about the animals included and area where the story is based. Who knew that some monkeys burp at their friends for fun (remind you of anyone?). The story is a great way for children to learn about animals in a fun way.
I would recommend this series of books as presents for children aged about 7 and above. They will be loved by animal lovers and will teach them little facts too.
Thank you to Stripes Publishing for sending me the book to review.

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