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Chimp and Zee and the big storm
Anholt, Catherine.
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New York : Phyllis Fogrlman Books, 2002.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Two little chimpanzees have an adventure when stormy winds lift them up from their house in the coconut tree and carry them out over the sea.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.1 0.5 63486.
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It's a stormy day in Jungletown, and Chimp and Zee have been cooped up inside for too long. Hoping for a little peace and quiet, Mumkey and Papakey agree to let the twins go outside to help bring in the laundry from the clothesline. But along comes a sudden gust of wind that blows Chimp and Zee up and away! Will Mumkey and Papakey be able to save them? This witty, rhyme-filled story has a wonderful read-aloud text and adorable, brightly colored illustrations that are sure to engage toddler and preschool audiences. It's a wet and windy adventure for Chimp and Zee-luckily for these two plucky siblings, there are sunny times ahead!

Author Notes

Laurence Anholt spent his early childhood in Holland where he developed a passion for Art. Before he attended school for his passion, Anholt worked as a Hotel-Night-Receptionist, a Carpenter, a Schoolteacher and an Art Lecturer, among various other odd jobs. Anholt studied painting for eight years and earned a Master's Degree from the Royal Academy of Art in London. He met his wife and partner Catherine at the Falmouth School of Art in Cornwall. The first books the husband and wife team published were about a small pig called Truffles, in 1983 for their oldest daughter, Claire.

Laurence writes all of their books and Catherine has illustrated about half of them. Laurence also illustrates his own books, in particular the bestselling series about great artists. Their work has won many awards, including the Nestlé Smarties Gold Award, the Kids' Club Network Award, the Right Start Toy and Book Award three times, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award twice, the English Association Four to Eleven Awards twice, the US Children's Media Award and the CCBC Choices 2001 twice. They have over 70 children's titles in print.

Anholt is also a public speaker and has made appearances at the European Council of International Schools Conference, The UK's Northern Children's Book Festival, the Cheltenham Festival, the Edinburgh Festival and the Hay-on-Wye Festival. He also helped to judge the prestigious Nestlé Smarties Award.

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Booklist Review

K-Gr. 3. The loveable, impish twin monkeys introduced in Chimp and Zee (2001) are back for more monkeyshines. Tired of being cooped up inside, the twins brave a windy day to go outside and help Papakey bring in the laundry. Mumkey admonishes them to hold tight and not «squibble and squabble,» but, of course, the twins forget her instructions the minute they go out the door, and they are soon swept up by the wind. Their desperate parents follow on the ground until resourceful Mumkey snags a twin's tail with her umbrella and pulls her babes to safety. Back in their warm, dry coconut-tree home, the twins play nicely because «Whatever the weather, we'll always be together.» The pencil, ink, and watercolor artwork is bright and lively, a little reminiscent of Bemelman and de Brunhoff, and the design is creative, making use of spot illustrations, rounded picture borders, and text in colored boxes. The lively images, bright colors, and recognizable mischief make this a cheerful read--rain or shine. Diane Foote.

Publisher's Weekly Review

The mischievous monkeys return in Chimp and Zee and the Big Storm by Laurence Anholt, illus. by Catherine Anholt. In this adventure, the duo is swooped up by high winds, then saved just in the nick of time by their quick-thinking Mumkey. ( Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-This story tells of a day in the life of two ornery chimps who disobey their parents, fight with one another, and lie about their actions, all with no reprimand from the adults. Trying to fold a sheet, they are carried off by the Big Storm and taken over the Very Dangerous Cliffs before being rescued by Mumkey and Papakey. Parts of the text rhyme, though most of it doesn't, and the story doesn't flow well. The narrative is chopped into sections and placed around the pages. Some of the type appears in brightly colored boxes. The illustrations are done in pencil, ink, and watercolor and then cut out and pasted on to solid-colored backgrounds, creating stark, erratic white edges around the figures. The overall effect of the layout and design is nervous tension. Most children will lose interest before the final page.-Heather E. Miller, Homewood Public Library, AL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.