Review: Monkey See Monkey Zoo by Erin Soderberg


Title: Animal Tales: Monkey See, Monkey Zoo

Author: Erin Soderberg

Publisher:  Bloomsbury

ISBN: 978-1599905570


May Contain Spoilers


This is a fun MG read, with a spunky protagonist and her goofy little sidekick.  Willa lives in the Monkey Pit at the zoo.  She loves her family and friends, and she also loves her trinkets.  She climbs up to the ledge of the enclosure when humans drop little treasures, and she cherishes each new find.  Her mother isn’t so enamored, and she thinks it’s dangerous for Willa to climb up on the ledge.  She forbids her from ever doing it again!  Of course, Willa just can’t resist, and when a young human, Carter, leaves his treasure outside the enclosure, Willa escapes so she can return his backpack.

I love books with animals, and this one did not disappoint.  Willa is very clever, but sometimes she is a little too clever for her own good!  She is intensely curious about what it’s like outside of the Monkey Pit, so when she has the opportunity to go exploring, she jumps at the chance.  Literally.  What she forgets to think about is how she is going to get back home!  Ever intent on her mission, though, Willa puts that frightening thought out of her mind and instead tries to maneuver through the scary world of humans to find Carter. 

The world outside of the zoo is more dangerous than Willa could have imagined, but she bravely continues on her journey.  Along the way, she meets up with a scatterbrained chipmunk. I thought he was so cute!  True to flighty chipmunk behavior, his awful jokes and frenzied antics occasionally drive Willa nuts, but since he’s the only friendly face she’s encountered, she learns to deal with him and his silly behavior.  She probably shouldn’t have put so much faith in him, though.  He is utterly clueless, and his sense of direction is worse than hers.

Animal Tales: Monkey See, Monkey Zoo is a fun read with likeable characters who cheerfully get into so much trouble!  Reading along as they get out of it is very entertaining.

Grade:  B+

Review copy provided by publisher

2 thoughts on “Review: Monkey See Monkey Zoo by Erin Soderberg

  • December 23, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Sounds cute. It sounds like a young MG – like 3rd or 4th grade – would you agree?

  • December 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

    @Alison – Yes, for the younger crowd. It would also be a great title to read to a younger kiddo.

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