Monkey Business

Wallace Edwards
Wallace Edwards

From a fish opening a “can of worms” to a tap-dancing octopus putting his “best foot forward,” these familiar idioms are re-imagined by award-winner Wallace Edwards in hilarious and unexpected ways.

To help readers “stay on the ball,” the idioms are used in a sentence that accompanies each illustration, and the meaning of each idiom is explained at the end of the book. Every page is so richly illustrated that it is sometimes a challenge to find the hidden monkeys --- some are more easily spotted than others!

A playful introduction to idioms, a clever eye-spy book and a gallery of stunning animal portraits, this collection is more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

978-1-55453-228-5 | Aug 1, 2008
List Price: USD $8.95, CAD $8.95
4-color 9 x 12 32 pages
Grades: 1 To 6 / Ages: 6 to 11
978-1-894786-31-7 | Dec 3, 2013
List Price: USD $5.99, CAD $5.99

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Awards & Reviews

“[A]n impressive collection of inventive scenes of visual comedy.”
— School Library Journal, Starred Review, September 2004
“Teachers rejoice: a great new tool for teaching idioms has arrived. ... Richly elaborate illustrations are full of details that young readers will enjoy discovering with each subsequent reading. ... While the meanings of most of the idioms can be determined through context clues, this is still sophisticated enough for adults to share with a younger audience.”
— Kirkus Reviews, September 2004
“[T]hey will enjoy the richness of both the art and our language. Teachers will find many uses for this - in English class, of course, but also for creative writing and art studies.”
— Booklist, November 2004
2005 - Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award, Winner
2005 - Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award, Winner
2005 - Childrens' Choices, International Reading Association, Short-listed
2005 - Great Book Award, Canada Toy Testing Council, Winner
2004 - Book of the Year Award - Silver Medal, ForeWord Magazine, Winner

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