Monkey of the Month ~ Children’s Book Review ~

Title: Monkey of the Month

Author: Adam Kramer

Illustrator: David Kramer

Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Publication Date: Aug 31 2012

ISBN: 9780764341564

Pages: 39




Bored with mundane birthday gifts, a young boy unexpectedly receives a most peculiar gift on his birthday: a one year-membership to the “Monkey of the Month Club.” Though pleased it isn’t just a pair of socks, he is very confused by this odd gift, until, month-by-month, monkeys and their primate cousins start appearing at his door. As the year moves on, his house becomes full of chimpanzees, orangutans,   gorillas, and more, who begin turning his house into their own private playground. While a house full of monkeys, all unique in their own way, sounds like a lot of fun, membership in the “Monkey of the Month Club” does have some drawbacks. Find out what happens in this exciting and humorous adventure accompanied by bright illustrations. Grades Pre-K-3.

Adam Kramer is thrilled to enter the field of children’s books. When he’s not writing, he might be found catching a baseball game with his wife Lena. Stemming from his love of cartooning, David Kramer’s whimsical, animated characters reflect his love of storytelling and a creative imagination.

My View:

I will be honest here, I don’t get the point of this book.  Monkey of the Month is a cute enough story, but it just isn’t for me… that being said My 3 year old enjoyed it, so I guess that is more important.  When I read the title of this book (Monkey of the Month), I would have expected it to teach the names of the months or at least the seasons, or something.  It, however, is a simple narrative about a boy who gets a very odd present for his birthday.  Each month he receives a new pet.  They aren’t all monkeys; some are apes (and yes there IS a difference as my Zoologist friend likes to tell me).

The illustrations are vibrant and there are many areas that are picture only, leaving many talking points for you with your child.  It reminds me of another of my 3 year old’s favorites Goodnight Gorilla in the way it mixed dialogue and picture-book qualities.

Here is a sample:

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I would like to thank Schiffer Publishing Ltd. and NetGallery for providing me with the eARC in exchange for my honest opinion

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About BrandilynRC

Brandilyn is a middle-aged (When the hell did that happen?) stay-at-home mom to 3 beautiful children (of course she is biased). She started reading M/M Romance and Gay fiction in early 2012 and was quickly hooked. In her first 18 months as a M/M Romance fan, she read over 900 titles in the genre (not counting re-reads), ranging from shorts to epic novels. She reads across all tropes within the Gay Fiction genre…. except Regency, she has never found a love for Regency. A native Texan she finds Texas to the be almost perfect… except for one thing, their treatment of the GLBTQ community. This blog is her brain child and she is happy to welcome some fellow GLBTQ supporters to review here and help promote equality (oh and of course fangirl/fanboy over their favorite authors and works).

7 thoughts on “Monkey of the Month ~ Children’s Book Review ~

  1. I like this book! I think it is a fun book to read to kids, and I can see why your son liked it. The colors on the front of the book look spectacular, and the name of the book Monkey of the Month is so cute!

  2. I haven’t had the chance to read this book and my kids I work with love books. You would be surprise what we find as dull books, children tend to love. Their imaginations really runs 🙂

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