The Resource Monkey : not ready for kindergarten, Marc Brown

Monkey : not ready for kindergarten, Marc Brown

Label
Monkey : not ready for kindergarten
Title
Monkey
Title remainder
not ready for kindergarten
Statement of responsibility
Marc Brown
Title variation
Monkey
Title variation remainder
not ready for kindergarten
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Kindergarten is just a week away and Monkey is not ready, but with help and encouragement from family and friends, he begins to get excited
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Tone
Character
Illustration
Review
  • Preschool-Kindergarten The opening pages show a frowning monkey on a lunch box. The uneven block-print text, with lines askew, reflects Monkey’s hesitation about starting school. He’s worried about everything, from studying to making friends. Happily, he has a supportive family who gives him confidence through role-playing and play dates, and by the time school starts, he’s ready. Created with colored pencils and gouache, Brown’s artwork captures Monkey’s evolving emotions. Double-page spreads have plenty of movement as young Monkey progresses from resistance and fear to acceptance and joy. The final, wordless pages, showing his interaction with friends, feature lots of horizontal and vertical lines; order and harmony have been achieved! Pair with Monstergarten, by Daniel J. Mahoney (2013), for a different take on kindergarten fears. -- Ching, Edie (Reviewed 06-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 19)
  • /* Starred Review */ PreS — Monkey draws on his supportive family to combat first-day-of-school jitters in this new picture book. His parents and big brother are very excited about kindergarten, but Monkey isn't so sure. Along with the usual list of worrisome "what ifs," Monkey doubts he even needs kindergarten. After all, he can count to 12, and he's pretty good with the alphabet. Brown's narrative models a family-centered approach to combating common preschool fears as Monkey and his family prepare together for the big day. Monkey plays teacher, demonstrating for his "students" (Mom and Dad) how to count, and they visit the library to read books about starting school. A playdate with some of his potential classmates gives him a chance to start making friends early, and the night before, Monkey helps get everything ready. Throughout, the emphasis is on Monkey as an active participant in the preparation, taking ownership of this new experience. He picks out his own lunchbox, helps pack his lunch, and even selects a favorite book to remind him of home. With his big, expressive eyes, Monkey is the center of Brown's vibrant spreads. Colored pencil and gouache illustrations and childlike hand lettering illuminate Monkey's personality and keep the story grounded in his perspective. VERDICT While not breaking any new ground, Brown's kid-centered perspective and accessible model for preparation make this title rise to the top of its class. A first purchase.—Chelsea Couillard-Smith, Hennepin County Library, MN --Chelsea Couillard-Smith (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 8, p58)
  • In the week before kindergarten starts, Monkey's parents and older brother do all they can to help him feel ready. Will it be enough? At the beginning of the week, Monkey is definitely not ready. He sucks his thumb while snuggling his blankie, plays with his familiar toys, and has a whole list of worries. Besides, he doesn't really need to go to school: he can already count to 12 and remember most of the alphabet. His parents buy him a new lunch box and cool sneakers; he plays school with his family, and his older brother tells him about all the fun he'll have; and Mommy and Daddy read him all the books about kindergarten at the library. A playdate with his new classmates also helps put his fears to rest. The night before his first day, he makes his lunch and packs a favorite book from home, and in the morning, Monkey walks into his classroom, finally ready. While the colored-pencil-and-gouache illustrations are bright and colorful and show things that will be familiar to readers, Brown's monkeys are not terribly cute or cuddly. Rendered in a childlike style, their expressions are sometimes odd. Also, those practicing new reading skills may have difficulty with Brown's handwritten text, as the a's look like d's, letters that usually dip below the line don't, and sometimes it's hard to tell the difference between upper- and lowercase letters. Still, sure to give readers, whether adult or child, lots of ideas for easing children into the transition to school. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10427041
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Brown, Marc Tolon
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.B81618
LC item number
Mk 2015
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 12
Reading level
2.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Monkey (Marc Tolon Brown)
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • First day of school
  • Kindergarten
  • Monkeys
  • First day of school
  • Kindergarten
  • Monkeys
  • First day of school
  • Kindergarten
  • Monkeys
Target audience
preschool
Label
Monkey : not ready for kindergarten, Marc Brown
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn871037224
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780553496581
Lccn
2014002818
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)871037224
Label
Monkey : not ready for kindergarten, Marc Brown
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn871037224
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780553496581
Lccn
2014002818
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)871037224

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