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Monkey by Gerald McDermott
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Jul 30, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: ncbla
Read in July, 2011

In the sixth of his books bringing trickster tales to today's readers, McDermott tells the story of Monkey, who just can't get enough mangoes to eat, and Crocodile, who would like nothing more than to dine on Monkey's heart. When Crocodile offers Monkey a ride to an island where mangoes are plentiful, he sinks in the water, almost drowning Monkey. Of course, the clever Monkey tricks him into returning to shore where he is safe. Not to be outdone, Crocodile pretends to be a stone in the river, hoping Monkey will land on him. But Monkey tricks him again. Of course, as with all trickster tales, lessons couched in humor abound. The fabric paint and ink illustrations are bright, affording a shaggy quality to Monkey's fur and a gleaming menace to the yellow-red eyes and green scales of Crocodile. A note from the author provides information about the story and the art, pointing out that the symbol many of us in the Western world call a paisley is known in the East as a raw mango. As do many young readers, I love details such as that one.

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