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The Resource Mad about monkeys, Owen Davey

Mad about monkeys, Owen Davey

Label
Mad about monkeys
Title
Mad about monkeys
Statement of responsibility
Owen Davey
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
ANIMALS. With over 250 species inhabiting our planet, this book explores the many different types of monkeys from the smallest Pygmy Marmoset to the largest Mandrill, and provides all the facts you wanted to know and more. Discover where monkeys come from, how they swing from tree to tree, and why they fight and play with each other. After reading this beautifully illustrated book, you'll soon be raving mad about monkeys!Owen Davey is a freelance illustrator based in Leicester, United Kingdom. His work has been published all over the world, and his clients include the "New York Times," Microsoft, and Orange. Ages 5+
Writing style
Illustration
Award
ALA Notable Children's Book, 2016
Review
  • Gr 3 – 6 — Davey's striking illustrations and bold graphic design are the highlights of this compendium of facts about monkeys. He devotes the most sustained attention to distinctions between Old World and New World monkeys, providing clear explanations of how the groups differ. However, not all the monkeys he includes later in the book receive those designations. Four types of monkeys are highlighted in one-to-two page long "Featured Creatures" sections. Many others receive brief entries, which stress such attributes as "longest tail" or "best facial hair." Davey provides overviews of monkeys' social life and use of tools, touches on their inclusion in myths, and emphasizes the threats of deforestation to monkey populations. He deftly draws on their varied and unusual physical features to produce eye-catching images that will attract browsers. However, the chart of primate groups is confusing, with ascending brackets that seem to indicate that one group developed from another. The so-called index is really a classified listing of monkeys by family and subfamily, and the text includes some grammatical slips. VERDICT As a supplemental title, this book may pique readers' curiosity about monkeys, but it does not provide a consistently unified introduction to the topic. Consider for collections where examples of fine contemporary graphic design are in demand.—Kathy Piehl, Minnesota State University Library, Mankato --Kathy Piehl (Reviewed August 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 8, p118)
  • In this visually striking overview of monkeys, Davey pairs geometric graphics that recall poster art and African masks with information about the traits, evolution, habits, and diversity of these primates. He covers common monkey characteristics, such as their social nature, as well as those of particular monkeys—Ethiopian geladas sleep in cliff-side huddles to stay clear of predators, and crab-eating macaques “have developed an amphibious lifestyle.” Other spreads examine monkeys’ mischievous reputations (“Monkeys regularly steal from humans. Businesses and homes can be ransacked in a matter of minutes by these criminal critters”), their roles in human culture and religious beliefs, and the ways humans have affected monkey habitats. A semi-irreverent tone and stylish images (the human in a primate family tree rocks cuffed jeans and a high-and-tight hipster haircut) combine to create an arresting and informative guide to simian nature. Ages 3–7. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed May 18, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 20, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ An informational picture book about monkeys throughout the world. Tackling a topic as general as monkeys is a tall order for a picture book, but this one succeeds admirably. Author/illustrator Davey begins with the basics: what a monkey is (part of the mammal group of primates), when they evolved (about 35 million years ago), where they live, and what they eat. He moves on to more specific information, such as the differences between Old World and New World monkeys (following this with a colorful visual quiz), social life, size and physical characteristics, and monkeys in mythology, and he ends with a section on the deforestation of monkey habitat that manages to deliver at least a sense of hope. All this information is related in an engaging conversational style—" †̃But why such colourful bums?' I hear you ask." Davey keeps things lively by relating specific traits of various monkey species; for example, long-tailed macaques swim underwater, mandrills have colorful rumps, black-capped capuchins use tools, and these serve not only to pique readers' curiosity, but also to highlight the primates' diversity. The design of the book is stellar, interweaving text and stylized-but-accurate illustrations into a vibrant, cohesive whole that stands out for its appeal and clarity. A vast amount of information on monkeys is expertly delivered in both text and image without patronizing either readers or monkeys—a delight. (index) (Informational picture book. 5-10)(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10438880
Cataloging source
WWBK
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Davey, Owen
Dewey number
599.8
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Intended audience
  • Elementary Grade
  • 1050
Intended audience source
Lexile
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Monkeys
  • Monkeys
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Mad about monkeys, Owen Davey
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
What are Monkeys? -- Is a Monkey my Uncle? -- Old vs New -- Meet the Gang -- Little and Large -- Social Life -- King of the Swingers -- The Grass is always Greener -- And the Award Goes to... -- Weird and Wonderful -- Smarter than the Average -- Top of the Class -- Thief! He stole my Handbag! -- Monkey Mythology -- Deforestation -- Index
Control code
000055180731
Dimensions
30 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
37 pages
Isbn
9781909263574
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)892164137
Label
Mad about monkeys, Owen Davey
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
What are Monkeys? -- Is a Monkey my Uncle? -- Old vs New -- Meet the Gang -- Little and Large -- Social Life -- King of the Swingers -- The Grass is always Greener -- And the Award Goes to... -- Weird and Wonderful -- Smarter than the Average -- Top of the Class -- Thief! He stole my Handbag! -- Monkey Mythology -- Deforestation -- Index
Control code
000055180731
Dimensions
30 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
37 pages
Isbn
9781909263574
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)892164137

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