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.
JLG Release: May 2009
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal
Junior Library Guild
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.
8 7/16" x 10 1/4"
Level 2.7; Points: 0.5;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 3.4; Points: 1;