Monday, November 1, 2010

The Purple Kangaroo by Michael Ian Black

The narrator of this book (that's a monkey to you) is a mind reader. Using his extraordinary powers, he just knows you're thinking about a purple kangaroo. You aren't? Are you sure? You see, he's lost his best friend, a chinchilla named Sir Ernesto de Pantalones...

What I thought: Michael Ian Black doesn't disappoint with his second book for children. The Purple Kangaroo is as entertaining as Chicken Cheeks. Older children (ages 6-8) will like that the monkey addresses them personally. All readers will enjoy naming their purple kangaroos (Mine is called Bob, in case you were wondering.) I love the purple kangaroo's highly improbable adventures and his sidekick Sir Ernesto. (For those of you don't know, pantalones means pants in English,so the chinchilla's English name would Ernest of the Pants.) The illustrations are bright colored and visually appealing. I like the color scheme Brown uses. The three main characters in the story (Kangaroo, Monkey, & Ernesto) are particularly fine.

Story Time Themes: Friendship, Imagination, Animals

(Illus. Peter Brown. Simon & Schuster, 2010)

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