The monkey narrator in this humorous picture book gaurantees that he can READ YOUR MIND. What begins as a simple request to imagine the most spectacular thing in history turns into the story of a roller-skating, bubble-blowing purple kangaroo searching for his dear friend Ernesto on the moon. So by the time you finish this book, there's no chance you will be thinking of anything BUT the purple kangaroo.
About the Author
Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who currently appears on Another Period, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. He created and starred in many television series, including Michael and Michael Have Issues, Stella, and The State. He wrote the screenplay for the film Run, Fatboy, Run and wrote and directed the film Wedding Daze. Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face), the memoir You’re Not Doing It Right, and the children’s books Chicken Cheeks, The Purple Kangaroo, A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea, I’m Bored, Naked!, and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.
Peter Brown is the author of Children Make Terrible Pets and the critically acclaimed artist of Chowder and Flight of the Dodo. He is a graduate of the Art Center College of Design in Pasedena, California. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Peter at PeterBrownStudio.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book started off very cute as a monkey telling the reader they can guess what they are thinking. The monkey is guessing the reader thought of a purple kangaroo and with each page the thought gets bigger and bigger. I think it's a great lesson for "voice" in a story but I'm not sure how my students will react (and follow) the sequence of making the thought bigger and bigger. Definitely a fun read-aloud. But not good for using as a "story" as far as beginning, middle and end go. Creative though...
I just recently aquired this book and it is a belly full of laughs. Children love interacting with the monkey as he tries to read their minds.
This would be a good storytime title - it has the kind of humor that ages 5 and up will really appreciate. It sort of reminds me of titles like "The Monster at the End of the Book," where the humor hinges chiefly on a joke revealed at the very end. In this one, a monkey claims he's psychic and knows what you (the reader) is thinking. He guesses that you're thinking of a purple kangaroo doing all sorts of wildly implausible things. At the end, he says, okay, maybe you weren't thinking of a purple kangaroo, but you are now! The illustrations are large format, not too detailed, and perfect for storytimes. The title would read aloud very well, with lots of opportunities for dramatic voices and gestures. Good opportunity to work in a monkey puppet if you have one.