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One monkey too many
Koller, Jackie French.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Harcourt Brace, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm
Adventurous monkeys have a series of mishaps and escapades involving a bike, a canoe, a restaurant, and a hotel.
Reading Level:
AD 290 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 29937.
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PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Childrens Area-Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Non-Fiction Picture Books
PIC BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
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Play is the order of the day for a group of vacationing monkeys determined not to let any silly rules get in their way. But when one monkey too many joins the crowd, everyone's in for some unexpected surprises. With winning rhyme and lively illustrations, One Monkey Too Many captures the outrageous antics of mischievous monkeys who make the most of their holiday--and learn a lesson or two along the way.

Author Notes

Jackie French Koller is a prolific children's author.

Jackie's first book, Impy for Always, was published in 1989. She's gone on to write over 30 other books including The Keepers and Dragonling Series.

Koller's books have received numerous awards and accolades - among them ALA Notable Book and IRA Teachers' Choice.

Jackie lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and when she's not writing she enjoys painting, reading, hiking, making gingerbread houses, and playing with her grandchildren.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. "`One,' said the bikeman. / `This bike is for one. / One monkey can ride it, / and one can have fun.'" But the moment the bikeman turns his back, out pops an extra monkey to share the fun--and suffer the raucous consequences. And so it goes--three monkeys cramming into a golf cart for two, five at a table for four--until Koller herself enters the picture and puts her foot down: "`Six,' said the author. / `This book is for six. / The pages are full, / so no more of your tricks.'" The pictures, of course, make it plain that despite Koller's stern declaration, the monkeys have ideas of their own. The joke is delightful, and Munsinger's boisterous illustrations, with animal characters galore (including some hidden monkeys for children to spot), are full of expression, movement, and wacky comedy. Children with some previous knowledge of numbers will also have fun using the lively yarn for counting practice--up to seven. --Stephanie Zvirin

Publisher's Weekly Review

This mischievous rhyming and counting book revels in excess. Just one more monkey always appears, to crash the bike built for one, to wreck the canoe just right for three and to turn a bed for five into a pillow fight for six. In the last spread, the monkeys jump off the page to deface the book itself: "One monkey too many came sneaking and.../ ...LOOK!/ One monkey too many got into this book!" Munsinger's (Hooway for Wodney Wat, reviewed above) rambunctious, lively art is a joy: the monkeys are blithely bad, and the chaos into which every scenario devolves gives kids plenty of diversions to follow. In each new situation that arises, the artist shows the invading monkey hidden somewhere on the spread. Koller (Mole and Shrew All Year Through) turns the childhood impulse to join in the fun into a tale that will appeal to the imp in everyone. Ages 4-8. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-This story begins as one deceptively calm monkey is presented with a bike: "`One,' said the bikeman./`This bike is for one./One monkey can ride it,/and one can have fun.'" Another monkey is hiding behind the bikeman, though, and as soon as his back is turned, it joins the first on the bike, and before long they crash in a thoroughly satisfying way. Chaos builds throughout as the monkeys are offered a golf cart for two, a canoe for three, a table for four (in a fancy restaurant, of course), and a bed for five. The closing scene, in which Koller insists that the book is for six monkeys, is perfect for this funny story that's ideal for group sharing. The infectious rhythm of the text never falters, and Munsinger's illustrations, set against plenty of white space, revel in the gleeful monkey business. Spilling, breaking, dropping, and crashing have never been this much fun.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.