Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem

From the Series Monkey with a Tool Belt

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 2
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Inspiration for the Netflix series Chico Bon Bon!

Chico Bon Bon has a problem . . . a noisy problem. He wants to fix it. BUT HE CAN’T FIND IT! What’s a monkey to do? Use his tools, of course. With his tool belt, Chico can do anything!

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 2
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Category SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2009
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2009-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.7
Reading Counts! Points 1.0
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV001000, JUV002020, JUV019000
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 580
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 128551
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Awards, Original artwork, and Reviewed

Author, Illustrator: Chris Monroe

Chris Monroe is an award-winning author, illustrator and cartoonist. Her picture books include Sneaky Sheep, Bug On a Bike and the Monkey With a Tool Belt series, which inspired the Netflix show Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt. Chris is also the author and illustrator of the comic strip Violet Days, which has been in print for more than 20 years. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.


  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2009


Kirkus Reviews

“Monroe’s imaginative illustrations play with composition as well as perspective, offering detail-minded readers endless surprises. The goofball text unfolds with tongue firmly in cheek. . . A winner.”
Kirkus Reviews

Publishers Weekly

“Tiny ink detailing (every room of the house is distinctively patterned) lends a miniaturist charm, and the humor in Chico’s industrious solution (delineated into step-by-step panels) warrants repeat readings.”
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“Rendered in thin black line and bright watercolors on visually diverse page spreads, the cartoon illustrations offer much to pore over and reflect this illustrator’s trademark sense of quirky humor.”
School Library Journal