Mr. Monkey Takes a Hike

illus. by Jeff Mack. 64p. (Mr. Monkey). S. & S. Apr. 2019. Tr $8.99. ISBN 9781534404335.
PreS-Gr 2—Mr. Monkey is determined to win his video game. "He runs. He ducks. He climbs. He swings. He jumps. He falls," and—"GRR!"—he loses. Just when he thinks things can't get worse, a little bird swoops in and takes his controller, leading the monkey on a merry chase in which he runs, ducks, climbs, swings, jumps, falls, and is again thwarted and then rescued by his foe. He's soon too tired to play his game even when he gets the controller back, and by that time young readers and storytime attendees will be spent too, as this delightful romp will be sure to have them yelling along with the "he runs, he ducks" refrain while joining in Mr. Monkey's indignation at having his game interrupted. The bright cartoon illustrations of Mr. Monkey's travels form a fun backdrop to the zaniness.
VERDICT Fans of Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake and Mr. Monkey Visits a School will snap this up; try it with others who like a rollicking adventure.

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