Friday, May 18, 2007

The Escape of Marvin the Ape

by Caralyn and Mark Buehner

Our Children's Librarian recommended this book to me, after I explained that my turn to read to the Kindergarten came on the heels of their Zoo project (the students brought in their zoo-like stuffed animals, researched and wrote about them, made habitats for them, and invited their adults in to admire the results).

The Escape of Marvin the Ape has a clever and simple story line, accompanied by wonderful, funny, detailed illustrations. The Kindergarteners went crazy trying to find Marvin in his various disguises, and glimpses of the clueless security personnel searching for the ape got big chuckles as well. There are sly references to grownup life in the illustrations depicting things like "Perry A" water and modern art painted by Marvin's uncle. It made for a somewhat boisterous classroom read, but it was a grand selection for cuddling up and reading one-on-one. You and your favorite young primate will enjoy it.

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