Darrin Lunde, author
Darrin Lunde has worked as a mammalogist at the American Museum of Natural History and at the Smithsonian Institute. His work has brought him into contact with all kinds of animals, big and small, throughout the remote forests of South America, Africa, and Asia where he camped for months at a time to survey species diversity and to discover new species.
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Patricia Wynne, illustrator
Patricia Wynne is a well-known scientific illustrator whose art has been included in many collections and exhibited around the country. Her detailed illustrations have appeared in 90 books.
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Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Monkeys come in many colors."
Repeating this statement as a refrain, Lunde and Wynne describe 12 monkey species in simple sentences. The monkeys are grouped into three categories: four whose fur is a single all-over color (yellow, red, brown, orange); four who have colorful features or stripes; and four whose colors vary with sex or age or gender or who are truly multicolored. Each individual watercolor-and-ink illustration includes a tiny label; most also show a simplified version of the animal's habitat. Sections begin with the refrain on a double-page spread. The first spread shows all 12 species; the second, the first four described; then eight, and finally all 12 in a museum diorama. These offer an identification game, an additional way for readers to engage with the material. The backmatter includes another picture of each species plus an interesting fact or two, as well as a world map showing where each can be found. A final author's note on the copyright page reminds readers that the 12 would never be seen together in the wild, only in a natural history museum. The author and illustrator, who both work at such museums, have collaborated successfully before, most recently in Hello, Baby Beluga (2011).
Simple and effective, a charming early reader about variety in the natural world.
School Library Journal
Simply written, this is an elementary introduction to 12 kinds of monkeys, including Midas tamarins, silvered langurs, and mandrills. The text is set in a large, easy-to-read font; clear, realistic watercolor and ink illustrations are labeled with the names of the animals in small type. "Some monkeys are yellow, and some are red" is illustrated by the woolly spider and red howler monkeys, respectively. Back matter includes a paragraph with additional information for each monkey, and a world map shows the animals' home continents. With solid facts and good illustrations, this is a suitable introduction to monkeys for young children.
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Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 9 1/2