A playful and eye-catching story about showing off and sharing
The founder of popular children's décor brand Petit Collage brings her signature collage style and modern, kid-friendly sensibility to picture books with this story of an attention-seeking little monkey with a great big imagination. When Monkey jumps high, he decides he must be a rabbit. When he roars, Monkey just knows he must be a lion--until Lion shows him how loudly a real lion can roar. In this playful game of "monkey see, monkey do," Monkey and his animal friends share what makes each of them special just the way they are.
Lorena Siminovich is an artist and designer who founded Petit Collage, a line of children's wall décor and accessories carried in over 150 high-end stores and boutiques. She has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, as well as in many popular blogs and publications. Originally from Buenos Aires, Lorena now lives in San Francisco, California.
A childlike, suspenders-wearing monkey likes attention, and he likes to get it by pretending that he is different animals: he flies like a bird, jumps up and down like a rabbit, makes loud noises like a lion, and splashes in a puddle like an elephant. His friends, who actually are the animals he pretends to be, take turns showing the monkey what it really means to fly, hop, roar, or make the biggest splash of all. Thats okay, because when they pretend to be monkeys on the playground, he can trot out his own natural gifts for swinging and hanging upside down (Im the silly monkey, cant you see?). Siminovichs story is the soul of simplicity, with naïf digital collages set against sunny, softly textured backgrounds (the aesthetic is in line with that of her finger-puppet board books, though she imbues these animals with more personality). Similarly, her message is proffered lightly: one-upmanship can be good-natured fun, so long as everybody gets a chance to be the one whos up. Ages 35. Agent: Adriana Dominguez, Full Circle Literary. (July) 2012 Reed Business Information
"A sweet new title about friends and imaginative play." – Kirkus Book Reviews
"...the expressive characters are cuddly and appealing and the bright illustrations are full of geometric shapes, pattern, and texture." – School Library Journal
"A wonderful book about using your imagination and playing with friends." – Mamiverse.com