HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Monkey and the Bee
Author: C. P. Bloom
Illustrator: Peter Raymundo
Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2015
Related website: http://www.abramsyoungreaders.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 3 – 7
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Bloom, C. P. The Monkey and the Bee (published in 2015 by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Abrams, 115 W. 18th St., New York City, NY 10011). First there was The Monkey Goes Bananas (2014), a vividly illustrated, nearly wordless picture book which tells the story of a determined monkey’s attempt to grab a snack when he spies a banana tree across the shark infested waters from where he sits, resulting in an inventive romp with some hilarious consequences. The story continues in The Monkey and the Bee as the silly monkey finally has his bananas but doesn’t want to share them when a playful bumblebee seeks a bite. The monkey tries to swat the bee away and enjoy his bananas in peace,
However, what will the two of them do when their antics awaken an angry lion? Will they be able to work together to escape the king of the jungle? Will anyone ever get to eat a banana? There is not much text in this book, but it does exhibit a highly visual form of storytelling in which children will enjoy guessing what will happen next. Young readers and listeners will find it full of energy and surprise with its fast-paced humor and high jinks. The monkey’s facial expressions are deliciously funny. C. P. Bloom is actually the creative team of Carly Dempsey, Ed Bloom, and illustrator Peter Raymundo, who started his career as an animator for Walt Disney Studios and now works as a storyboard artist for independent films and commercials in Florida. The book will be released on Apr. 14, 2015.