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The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom - Steve Smallman

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Genre: Junior Books / Author: Steve Smallman / Paperback / 32 Pages / Book is published 2008-05-19 by Little Tiger Press

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      22.06.2011 08:45
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      a really fun book for young children

      My son loves reading which is something that I am really pleased about as I think it is a great thing to enjoy doing. We have lots of books at home as he often receives them for birthdays or Christmas presents and one that he received a couple of years ago from his Auntie and Uncle was called The monkey with a bright blue bottom.

      The book is written by Steve Smallman and Nick Schon. It is published by Little Tiger Press and was first published in 2007. The recommended retail price of the book is £5.99 but you can pick it up from amazon for £3.63 which includes free super saver delivery.

      The book tells the story of a monkey who is around when the world is quite new. He sees lots of birds all colourful flying around in the sky and begins to wonder why they are all so colourful and the rest of the animals are so plain and boring looking. As he wanders around the jungle following one of the birds he notices a set of paints and a brush and so hatches a plan. Whilst the animals are sleeping he paints them giving leopard black spots and zebra stripes and so on. When the animals wake they are quite cross with him but bear has an idea and paints monkeys face colourful and his bottom blue thus telling the story of how the animals came to look as they do and why monkey has a blue bottom!

      There is something about bottoms that is always going to make a young child laugh and so this book was an immediate hit with my son. The story is written using rhyming words throughout which makes it flow easily as you read it. I always think that the use of rhyme seems to make the story more fun some how too and more enjoyable to read. The story is quite humorous in parts too with the animals being referred to as looking as boring as elephant poo by the monkey which my son just loves!

      The illustrations in the book are just great and even from the front cover you can tell that they are going to be colourful and bright. Obviously as the monkey gets going with his paint and paintbrush they become more colourful and enjoyable to look at. The pages are full from top to bottom with colour and the black text is just set in to them so the main focus really is on the pictures and my son really enjoys looking at them as we read the book.

      My son turned six in May and is now approaching the end of year one at school. He is able to read the story independently but he does still like to choose this book sometimes at bedtime for me to read to him. I think he will still enjoy this story for at least another year and so I feel it has been a good addition to his collection of books as it will have lasted him around three years or so which isn't bad for a small child's book really.

      I would imagine most young children aged from the age of three to seven or so would enjoy this story and would certainly recommend it as a book to initially share with your child which will in turn be one that they will like to read themselves.

      Thank you for reading my review!

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      13.07.2010 12:09
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      Excellent!

      My children found this book in our local library and enjoyed it so much that we went out and bought a copy! We got it from Marks and Spencers and it cost £5. It is written by Steve Smallman and the images are done by Nick Schon.

      It contains 32 pages, 24 of which is the story. It is a perfect length to hold a childs interest and to keep them wanting more!

      It tells the story of a plain brown monkey who enjoyed watching the birds fly by because of their beautiful bright colours. All the other animals in the jungle were a dull brown or grey colour and he wished that they could be as attractive to look at as the birds. One day he follows a bright kingfisher down to the river and discovers a paintbox and he comes up with the ingenious idea of painting all the jungle animals! The rest of the story follows the monkey as he makes his way round each animal as they have their nap. We find out how the lion got his spots, why the giraffe got his pattern and why the lemur got a stripy tail. The end of the story tells us why the monkey ends up with a bright blue bottom!

      This story is told in a rhyme format and the words flow beautifully. My kids laughed out loud in several places and loved the idea of a little monkey doing all the painting.

      The images in the book are lovely and bright, there is good detail and the picture of the monkeys face when he discovered he'd been found out is priceless!

      This is a lovely book with a fun story and a twist on how the animals may have got their colour. It is also good because my kids realised that although it may be fun to do something naughty, there is always a consequence and you will get found out!

      I would definately recommend this book!

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        01.10.2009 15:29
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        Recommended

        We recently recieved a copy of 'The Monkey with a Bright Blue Bottom' as a gift. It is a delightful story written by Steve Smallman, with illustrations by Nick Schon.

        The book tells the story of a cheeky monkey who, as we join him, is sitting watching the colourful birds flying above him, jealous of their bright colours. We find that the story is set back when the world is quite new, and all of the animals are a plain dull grey colour. As he goes about his business, the monkey stumbles upon a paintbox and brushes, and an idea strikes him- in the monkeys own words, 'somebody pained the kingfisher blue, I'm going to pain all the animals too!'. The monkey seizes his chance as all of the other animals take a lunchtime nap, and we soon find out why the leopard has spots, the zebra is stripey and why the bear looks like he is wearing white spectacles! When the animals wake up and discover monkeys handy work they are understandably none too pleased, and set about exacting their revenge!

        My sons, aged three, absolutely love this story, and both find it absolutely hillarious. For the average pre-schooler, bottoms are very
        funny, so even the title has them in stitches! The rhyming text is lovely to read, the illustrations are lovely and really bring the story to life, and are obviously packed with vivid colours. I would thoroughly recommend this story to anyone with young children, probably in the two to six age range. It is a lovely book to share together, and makes a great bedtime story.

        The Monkey with the Bright Blue Bottom is published by Little Tiger Press, and is currently available for £3.23 on Amazon, which I would say is a great buy!

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        08.05.2009 19:47
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        A monkeying about book that will have children in fits of giggles.

        Have you every wondered how a leopard got his spots or a zebra got it's stripes?

        Why, from a little mischievous monkey of course!

        Right back at the beginning of the world, A little monkey wondered why the birds where so pretty and colourful while the rest of the animals where as dull as, in his own words, Elephant poo!

        Wandering along a stream, he happens across a box of bright paints and a couple of paintbrushes. Testing out his newly found artistry on flowers to begin, he waits until he is sure the other animals are fast asleep and gives them all a make over.

        But getting overly ambitious, he wakes a bear after painting white rings round his eyes. Less than impressed, his angry yelling wakes the other animals, who are also annoyed at being 'Gok'd' without their permission. Until the bear has an idea just how to get the monkey back.

        With a title like 'The Monkey With A Bright Blue Bottom' this book looked like it would be a sure fire hit with my 4 year old daughter, and I was right.

        The book is 24 pages long, each double page a marvellous bright and appealing illustration, and the story being told completely in rhyme, with 4 sentences to each double spread. The first page sets the scene and pace beginning:

        " A long time ago, when the world was quite new,
        A monkey sat watching the birds as they flew.
        Like feathery rainbows they flashed through the air,
        "How come they're so pretty," he thought "It's not fair!" "

        And so this entertaining story continues. The rhyme is sing song, and easily catches a child's attention, allowing them to join in once they have become familiar with it. It's also very funny! The monkey is cheeky and fun, and although it's incredibly unlikely a box of paints and a brush would be found lying around at the beginning of time, it's imaginative. We've always found those monkeys at the zoo with the blue and red backsides and faces really amusing, so my daughter loved this zaney explanation. But of course the mention of the word's poo and bum are what my daughter enjoy's best, lets face it, at 4 years old there's nothing more hysterical! But don't worry, it's not crudely done.

        The illustrating is simple, yet wonderful. All the favourite zoo animals are here, with plenty of oppertunity to point them out, discuss what 'monkey does' to make them different, and add in a bit of animal noise making.

        'The Monkey With A Bright Blue Bottom' would appeal to both boys and girls alike, particularly between the ages of 3-5 years old. i don't think I would recommend this as a read alone book, as the rhythmic rhyme is what makes the book so funny and a child who was profficient enough to read the book well enough to benefit from it's wonderful poetry, would perhaps be too old to enjoy the book.

        I would definitely recommend this for your own little monkeys bookshelf!

        ~ Details ~

        The Monkey With A Bright Blue Bottom was written by Steve Smallman and illustrated by Nick Schon.

        Published by Little Tiger Press in 2007.

        RRP is £5.99, Amazon slightly cheaper. However I bought this book at Morrisons priced at £3.99, but also part of a 2 for £6 promotion.

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          18.02.2009 22:57
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          A nice book, one to look out for

          I bought this book for my son who is 5. He loves trips to the bookshop and library and this book was on a buy one get one free deal at Waterstones. The RRP is £5.99. However it is retailing on Amazon for £4.49 with used copies selling at £1.87.It is published by the 'Little Tiger Press' and written by Steve Smallman with illustrations by Nick Schon.

          It was the colourful attractive cover that attracted my son's attention on this book and the humorous illustrations. My son is at the stage where he wants to read for himself but still finds it tricky so loves bright pictures to guide him.

          **** The Story *****

          The story is about a long time ago when animals were new and all looked dull except for the birds. The monkey is admiring the birds and is envious of the colourful patterns when he stumbles across a box of paints. His idea is then to paint all the other animals while they are napping. The animals wake up to find themselves with colours and patterns. In retaliation the paint the monkey with a bright blue bottom.

          **** Layout *****

          The text is set out so it rhymes when you read it and is a decent size for my 5 year old to read. There are lots of bright illustrations which are always nice to see in a childrens book. It is 32 pages long and a landscaped A4 size.

          **** My opinion ****

          My son loves this book and often chooses it for a bedtime story as it always makes him laugh. He got the idea that if you do something to someone else they will do it to you too. He also took great joy in explaining this 'moral' to his younger cousin.
          Would definately say this is a book to look out for at your library if not to buy.

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            26.09.2008 22:32
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            A funny and entertaining book.

            Upon our regular visit to our local library my son found this delightful book that I will now review, the fact there is a monkey with a blue bum, was of course the clincher!

            The book I will now review is " The monkey with the bright blue bottom", by Steve Smallman and illustrated by Nick Schon.

            The story starts with a small monkey sitting at the top of a tree, the monkey is watching the beautiful parrots flying by. He is admiring there colourful plumes and wishing that he was just as pretty.

            The next paragraph sums up the little monkeys feelings, about himself and towards his fellow animals -

            "All around him were creatures of every sort,
            Some fat and some skinny, some tall and some short,
            But none of them purple or yellow or blue;
            They all looked as dull as an elephant poo!"

            From reading this paragraph you will suddenly realise that all the familiar animals are not actually that familiar as they have one very important thing missing.... Their colour and markings.

            It then shows the monkey walking down the river and spotting a paint box full of beautiful and vivid colours, yes you can probably guess where this story is going! The monkey discovers that by painting a bird that is perched in front of him, he makes it as beautiful as the parrots he had been watching, he has in turn, "painted" the first kingfisher bird.

            Throughout the remainder of the book the naughty monkey goes around painting all the sleeping animals, as he paints them they suddenly become familiar, my favourite is how the plain yellow cat became a leopard -

            "Just then the big cat gave a growl in his sleep,
            And monkey shot into a tree with a leap,
            The black paint dropped out with a splash from the box,
            And fell on the leopard in little black spots".

            Eventually the monkey gets his comeuppance after painting a half asleep bear, when the animals see what the little monkey has done to them they dispense there own form of punishment, hence the monkey's big blue bottom!

            This is such a fun book to read and have read to you, as you may have gathered from the snippets I have included in this review, the story is all in rhyming text, with funny and imaginative and to be fair in a couple of occasions rather revolting words used. Come on, there can't be many writers out there that can include elephant poo into a rhyme!

            The illustrations are just as good, without realising you look at pictures of animals that are familiar to you and it is not until the colour is added why they look strange in some way!
            All the pictures of the painted, or being painted animals are bright and vivid, and again amusing, I particularly like the picture of the first reptiles the monkey paints. You can see they are meant to be a snake and some frogs, but due to the monkey being so excited and in a hurry to paint "stuff" he has only half painted the snake, and only painted the frogs face!

            This is a lovely story and goes a small way to explaining how the animals got their colours in the first place, the fact that there is a monkey with a blue bum seemed incredulous to my son, until we recently visited our local zoo and there was a monkey with a bright red bum and blue markings on it's face. His little face lit up and he now finally believes me!

            As I mentioned earlier this was a borrow from our local library, I would truly have no qualms about purchasing this for my son as he has enjoyed it so much.

            The book is available from Amazon for the around £4.50, plus p&p.

            I recommend this book, even if it's a starting point to discussing animals and there markings, either way the book is very entertaining.

            For more information visit - www.tigerpress.com

            Thanks for reading x

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