Monkey with a Tool Belt

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!

Whether you need a beebersaw or a chisel, Chico Bon Bon’s your monkey. He can build or fix just about anything—from a dock for the ducks to a clock for the Clucks, even a small roller coaster for local chipmunks. But will his tools and his sharp wit save him when an organ grinder sets his sights on making Chico a circus star? Chris Monroe’s quirky hero and detailed illustrations will absorb readers in an entertaining adventure that shows there is an inventive way out of every problem—if you have the right tools.

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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 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2008-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.3
Reading Counts! Points 1.0
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV002020, JUV019000, JUV036020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 570
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 120888
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.

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  • Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) Choices, Winner, 2008
  • ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award, Short-listed, 2008
  • Minnesota Book Award Finalist, Short-listed, 2008
  • National Parenting Publications Gold Award (NAPPA), Winner, 2008
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids, Winner, 2008
  • The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Blue Ribbon, Winner, 2008


Publishers Weekly

“Laid out in panels, some numbered, some boxed; laid out in loops; arranged as vignettes; or composed like a maze, the illustrations command a reader’s attention. Chico, looks sophisticated—he’s a grown-up cousin of Julius the sock monkey. . . not only gadget jockeys will enjoy this visually polished tale.”
Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“Monroe’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations enlarge Chico’s adventure. . . a real treat for observant readers.”
School Library Journal

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Despite his somewhat frou-frou name, Chico Bon Bon is the most tool-savvy monkey around. . . Wide-eyed and widow’s-peaked, Chico is a very likable little guy, vaguely spider-monkey-ish in appearance, and his attachment to his tool belt is clearly evident (he all but pats it lovingly as he tells it goodnight). Some of the tiny captions and illustrative details may be missed in a large group readaloud, but this would be an ideal readalone for fans of weird picture-book humor; just be sure to have the tool kit (or belt) ready and waiting for subsequent simian-tics.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books