Monkey Brother

illus. by Adam Auerbach. 40p. Holt/Christy Ottaviano Bks. Jun. 2017. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781627796002.
PreS-Gr 2—Having a little brother is hard enough, but having a monkey for a little brother is really annoying. He follows you everywhere, torments the dog, and always makes a mess! Mom and big brother often take the little monkey to the park to tire him out, but that rarely works. Inviting a friend over just means double trouble. And birthday parties? Forget it! However, just when big brother has reached his limit, little brother does something sweet, which reminds him that having a monkey for a little brother is not all bad. But his little sister? Now that's a different story! This bright picture book for preschool and early elementary students is entertaining and amusing. The work puts a funny twist on the classic "annoying younger sibling" tale. Students will delight in the antics of the adorable little monkey and relate to the frustration of having to put up with someone else's mess. The illustrations are crisp, clean, and colorful, making the title quite visually appealing. The expressions and details conveyed through the pictures are pleasant and comical.
VERDICT A strong first pick for storytime or anytime sharing.

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