Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Seaside Shenanigans

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!

Clark has an enormous problem. Someone is sabotaging his uncle’s seaside resort! What does he do? He calls Chico Bon Bon, the Monkey with a Tool Belt, of course.

Chico and his tool belt start to tackle Clark’s problems, but as soon as Chico fixes one thing, something else breaks! If Chico can’t find out who’s behind these shenanigans, he’ll never get to go surfing!

Also by Chris Monroe:
“Monroe’s watercolor-and-ink illustrations enlarge Chico’s adventure. . . a real treat for observant readers.”—School Library Journal for Monkey with a Tool Belt

“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 for Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem

“Rocky and Blossom’s wide googly eyes exude mischievousness….[T]he ending hints that some habits (especially bad ones) die hard. Luckily, the same isn’t true of Rocky and Blossom.” —starred, Publishers Weekly for Sneaky Sheep

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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 2011
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 2.2
Text Type Fiction—Humor
BISACS JUV002020, JUV019000, JUV036020
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 11
Lexile 540
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 145227
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features 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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Publishers Weekly

“In a story brimming with goofy humor, Monroe fills her watercolor pages with intricate ink details, zeroing in on each of Chico’s meticulous repairs. A sort of Bob the Builder meets Sherlock Holmes, Chico combines smarts with an upbeat can-do attitude.” —Publishers Weekly

School Library Journal

“This quirky, over-the-top tale will amuse children with its random silliness and fun seaside setting…. Detailed full-color line drawings invite readers to pore over the scenes for humorous touches.” —School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Monroe’s breezy, detailed illustrations match the energy and enthusiasm of her tale. Fact-filled fun for the curious fixer-in-training.” —Kirkus Reviews