Maggie’s Monkeys

By: Linda Sanders-Wells

Illustrator: Abby Carter

"Last week, a family of pink monkeys moved into our refrigerator. At least that's what my little sister, Maggie, said. Nobody else could see any monkeys, but that didn't seem to matter to anyone but me." Jack is annoyed at how his family plays along with his sister's imaginary monkeys. His father is careful not to shut the refrigerator door on their tails, his mother dishes out pudding for them, and his older sister helps dress the monkeys in invisible clothes. Why can't they see that the monkeys aren't real? Full-color illustrations in black colored pencil and gouache.

ISBN: 9780763633264

JLG Release: May 2009


Sensitive Areas: None,
Topics: Pretending , Playing along , Family , Cynicism , Rationalizations , Insensitivity , Standing up for others

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Maggie insists that a monkey family is living in the refrigerator. Her older brother, unlike their parents and sister, can't bring himself to indulge the fantasy--until his friends make fun of Maggie. This sweet story takes on more than familial loyalty: it's also about outgrowing (and re-embracing) one's fantasy life. The spirited pencil and gouac Maggie insists that a monkey family is living in the refrigerator. Her older brother, unlike their parents and sister, can't bring himself to indulge the fantasy--until his friends make fun of Maggie. This sweet story takes on more than familial loyalty: it's also about outgrowing (and re-embracing) one's fantasy life. The spirited pencil and gouache illustrations depict big bro's changing attitude.

Junior Library Guild

Linda Sanders-Wells’s first book is a funny and touching tale about a relationship between two very different siblings. Readers will delight in seeing people they know in the characters—the child who blends fact and fantasy, like Maggie, and the one who deals entirely in reality, like Maggie’s big brother, Jack, who narrates the story. He is Linda Sanders-Wells’s first book is a funny and touching tale about a relationship between two very different siblings. Readers will delight in seeing people they know in the characters—the child who blends fact and fantasy, like Maggie, and the one who deals entirely in reality, like Maggie’s big brother, Jack, who narrates the story. He is frustrated by his family’s willingness to pretend there are pink monkeys in the refrigerator and by their answers to each of his logical protests.

The pivotal moment arrives when Jack’s two friends, literal-minded boys like himself, tease Maggie about her monkeys—and Jack has to choose sides. Parents will smile knowingly when Maggie’s tormentors present the same reasoning that Jack had given to his family, and he repeats their answers. “Maybe they’re hiding behind the olives,” Jack says, parroting his father. Even in this sweet moment of sibling loyalty, the author keeps it light. Jack pretends to hand her something and says, “I think Mr. Monkey dropped his hat.” Maggie replies, “That’s a shoe.”

Abby Carter’s expressive illustrations perfectly capture the mood of the book and add humorous details. Her characters have adorable, big round eyes and rumpled hair. When Maggie tapes a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the fridge, her tongue sticks out in deep concentration, and her knobby knees show beneath her mismatched outfit.

Readers will enjoy this family’s understanding and compassionate response to a young girl’s active imagination.

Book Details

ISBN

9780763633264

First Release

May 2009

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

E

Trim Size

8 7/16" x 10 1/4"

Page Count

32

Accelerated Reader

Level 2.7; Points: 0.5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.4; Points: 1;

Lexile

Level AD490L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None,

Topics

Pretending, Playing along, Family, Cynicism, Rationalizations, Insensitivity, Standing up for others,

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