Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books


Spring 2011 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Gerald McDermott
Illustrator: Gerald McDermott
ISBN: 978-0-15-216596-3
Hardcover Price: $16.99

Monkey wants the delicious mangoes that grow on an island in the middle of the river where Crocodile dwells. Monkey has a close call when he accepts the invitation of Crocodile to ferry him across the river on his back. Monkey is a fast learner while our villain is anything but. Clever Monkey wins the mangoes on a regular basis by outsmarting dim-witted Crocodile.

Depicted in collage against a bold red background, skinny brown monkey has round, black-button eyes and a cheerful expression. Crocodile has evil, hooded, yellow eyes and appears in various bumpy guises in the blue river flowing across the bottom of each double-page spread. Sure to be loved to shreds by its intended audience, this trickster tale is a mischievous masterpiece.

Kemie Nix   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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Harcourt Children's Books

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