One Monkey Too Many
Author: Jackie French Koller
Illustrator: Lynn Munsinger
Pages: 32
Publisher/Date: Silver Whistle/Harcourt/2003
ISBN: 0152000062
Age Levels: 4-8

Book Review

This is one funny book! The story begins with a bear bikeseller telling a monkey, "This bike is for one. / One monkey can ride it, / and one can have fun." True to its title, it doesn't take long for "one monkey too many" to jump on the bike—with predictably disastrous results. "It started to wobble. / It started to pitch. One monkey too many crashed into the ditch!"

Left with a busted bike, the two monkeys are given a cart by a golfing tiger. "Two," said the golfer. / "This cart is for two. / If you're looking for fun, / this is perfect for you." Would have been perfect, that is, if "one monkey too many" hadn't hopped right on.

The story continues in this vein with the monkeys trying out a canoe, an elegant restaurant, and, finally, a large bed.

At story's end, the book's author tells the monkeys, "This book is for six. The pages are full, / so no more of your tricks." Of course, as soon as the author goes out to lunch—you guessed it—one monkey too many gets into the book—literally—making a huge, hilarious mess all over the last page.

Lynn Munsinger was the perfect choice for illustrating this clever creation. Her pen-and-ink and watercolor cartoon art capture wonderfully the rambunctious action and gleeful expressions of the monkeys, as well as the horrified—yet comical—faces of the onlookers.

The book is a delight to read aloud. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by the teachers at Education Oasis
©2003 Education Oasis

About the Author

Jackie French Koller is the award-winning author of numerous books for children. She lives in Westfield, Massachusetts.

About the Illustrator

Lynn Munsinger has illustrated more than ninety books for children. She graduated from Tufts University in Boston, and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, where she majored in illustration. She lives in Connecticut and Vermont.