Thursday, September 15, 2016

Maxwell the Monkey Barber (REVIEW)


Maxwell the Monkey Barber


Author, Illustrated: Cale Atkinson
Category: Children's Book (Illustrated)
Suitable for: All ages, ideal for ages 3-6
My Rating: 5 Stars
Format Read for Review: Kindle copy from the author/publisher
Pages: 32

Description: A fun illustrated story about a caring Monkey Barber who solves all his friends' problems by styling their hair. The cute pictures are accompanied by entertaining rhymes. If you want more details about this book I'm including the full description off Amazon at the bottom of this post.

In Short: The Dr Seuss like rhymes and bright, colorful, adorable images will entertain kids. I recommend this book for any child who loves rhyming books or exotic animals. The story doesn't have an obvious lesson for kids but has good vibes of friendship and generosity and it is very humorous. Maxwell the Monkey Barber is quite the problem solver and such a good friend.  

Pros: The art is awesome. The pages are full of color with beautiful detailed images of adorable animals. My favorite was the one with the baboon who's hair was so long and out of control that many other animals were living inside of it. The animal's little faces are poking out and they all look so happy, despite being trapped in hair, it's really cute and funny. The text is easy to read and is all in fun rhymes with a repeated phrase to hold the child's attention and get them reading along.

Cons: I have no notable issues with this book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in return for my honest review. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. Find buying options on Amazon here.

Description off Amazon:

Maxwell the monkey operates a barbershop, where he offers everything from a trim to a chop. He excels at helping his fellow animals look shipshape and feel their best, no matter how unruly their locks. Whatever the coiffure quandary, Maxwell is your monkey. He tames Baboon’s curls, styles Lion’s mane, and trims Bear’s beard, exclaiming each time: “Your hair’s the best I’ve seen today!”

All’s well until Elephant comes in, feeling sad because he has no hair. Can Maxwell help? Of course! After some careful thinking, he devises a solution to help even Elephant feel his best.

Cale Atkinson’s bright, cartoon-like digital illustrations beckon readers into Maxwell’s world in this playful tale. Rhyming text, speech bubbles, and a refrain make this story a fun read-aloud accessible to early readers. Full of personality and style, Maxwell has a genuine charm and enthusiasm for helping others that kids will find immediately contagious.

Grade Range: PreK–3
Fountas & Pinnell: J
Reading Recovery: 17
Lexile: AD 520L


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