Monkeys and the Universe

Illustrated by Tomek Bogacki Published March 2009

Max’s older brother, Pete, is building a model of the solar system, and he won’t let Max help. It’s enough to make a little monkey feel like nothing more than a speck in the big, wide universe. But after a trip to the observatory, Max and Pete learn that there’s room in the galaxy for both of them, no matter how different they are.

In this sequel to Monkeys and Dog Days, Kate Banks and Tomek Bogacki offer up a stellar tale just right for beginning readers busy finding their own place in the world.

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Clearly written, the story supports classroom units on astronomy without packing the pages with facts and realistically portrays sibling bickering. Impressionistic, soft-hued paintings capture actions and emotions with style. This will please preschoolers as well as beginning readers. —Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal

Beginning chapter-book readers will enjoy this sweet tale of brotherly love that includes some facts about astronomy… —Michele Sealander, Hamburg School, NJ