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Title:
Meet the howlers!
ISBN:
9781570917332

9781570917349
Publication Information:
Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2010.
Physical Description:
1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill., col. map ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
AD 590 L Lexile
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Summary:
These rain forest dwellers are loud and sloppy. This playful poem brings howler monkeys to life in all their growly, barking glory. Extra facts within the text give readers the lowdown on these loudmouths.
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Summary

"Meet the bad boys (and girls) of the primate world. Playful, poetic text and vibrant art introduce young readers to howler monkeys. Extra facts within the text give readers the low-down on these loud, sloppy, and rude rain forest dwellers."


Author Notes

"Meet the bad boys (and girls) of the primate world. Playful, poetic text and vibrant art introduce young readers to howler monkeys. Extra facts within the text give readers the low-down on these loud, sloppy, and rude rain forest dwellers."


Reviews 5

Publisher's Weekly Review

Sayre's (Trout Are Made of Trees) latest is a rhyming introduction to the howler monkeys of Central and South America. Verses appear in a jaunty typeface atop newcomer Miller's full-bleed spreads; prose paragraphs in smaller type provide additional information. The rhymes often suggests that the howlers' lives are more carefree than those of readers ("Sister claims a branch,/ yet no one says to share./ She never has to bathe./ Her suit is wash-and-wear!"). A recurring chorus reproduces the howlers' cry ("Woo-hoo-hoo! AH-UH-OH!"); the repetition doesn't add much to the story, but offers a chance to howl along. And readers will take great pleasure in the "special message" howlers send to intruders, human or otherwise: "They often urinate close to or on the invader to mark their territories." The surfaces of Miller's mixed-media drawings are fuzzy and heavily worked, the rain forest-green palette offset by cloudy pastel skies. They're energetic, too; the howlers leap from branch to branch, scaring nearby birds and tearing leaves off trees for a snack. A solid read-aloud for young animal enthusiasts. Ages 4-7. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

An active family of howler monkeys springs to growling, baying, and--of course--howling life through textured illustrations rendered in acrylic with watercolor crayon and colored pencil. Rhyming verse, with occasionally clunky rhythm, is supplemented by short informational paragraphs that provide basic facts about these noisy mammals. Back matter includes additional details and a map. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Eye-catching artwork, scientific facts, and playful rhymes make a fun combination in this lively picture book that introduces young children to howler monkeys. Dramatic, double-page spreads show the monkeys climbing through their forest habitats, and the mixed-media images in acrylic paint, watercolor, crayon, and colored pencil give the animals an almost strokable texture. One scenario shows tourists rushing away from a forest encounter, and a note explains how the monkeys mark and guard their territory: Howlers send a special message / Go, go go! Preschoolers will join in the repeated howler calls (Woo-hoo-hoo! / Ah-Uh-Oh!), as well the bouncing rhymes: Sister never waits / for breakfast, snack, or lunch. / She grabs a bunch of leaves / and gobbles munch, munch, munch! Many kids will want to hear more about the fascinating, accessible zoological notes, printed in small type on each spread and extended in a final, long section.--Rochman, Hazel Copyright 2010 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

PreS-K-A whimsical introduction to a family of monkeys. Full-bleed spreads show the animals in action, accompanied by a rhyming text in a large font and related facts in a smaller type. The illustrations, done in acrylic, watercolor crayon, and colored pencil and featuring the active animals against backdrops of lush greens, show the Howlers as they fly from broad green-leafed branch to branch, calling out so loudly the males "can be heard a mile away." "Woo-hoo-hoo!/AH-UH-OH!" ties the action together as a refrain. The illustrations support the introductory information about the Howlers, their calls, behavior, diet, and habitat, providing a comfortable slice of life for early literacy presentations. A fact page and map are more complex, yet will enhance a one-on-one experience.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

Sayre (Honk, Honk, Goose!: Canada Geese Start a Family, 2009, etc.) delivers yet another entertaining and accessible guide to the natural world. Each spread contains rhyming text narrating the daily activities of a howler monkey family and cleverly comparing them to a young reader's experience. For example, "Sister claims a branch / yet no one says to share. / She never has to bathe. / Her suit is wash-and-wear!" Also on each spread are a few sentences offering an explanation and supplemental information, appearing in a smaller font. In this case: "Frequent rains wash a howler monkey's coat. Howlers sometimes nibble and handpick insects, dirt, and leaves out of their own and one another's fur." Monkey sounds"Woo-hoo-hoo! Ah-uh-oh!"anchor a catchy refrain that is sure to get storytime crowds howling. Miller's appealing multimedia illustrations, in rich greens, browns and blues, depict the howlers engaging in their various activities with plenty of personality. A brief section"More about Howler Monkeys," with additional interesting information about howlersconcludes this appealing introduction. (map) (Informational picture book. 4-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.