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{Free ePUB} Never Smile at a Monkey: And 17 Other Important Things to RememberAuthor Steve Jenkins –

Ladies and gentlemen do you know what your children desire What they really want and so often are unable to attain Practical advice I don t mean the kind of standard parlor fare they hear so often every day Don t chew with your mouth open , Don t poke the baby , Don t attempt asbestos removal on your own , etc I m talking about practical advice for surviving in the wild Here s an example You re in a boat, floating down the Nile, and you suddenly find yourself facing a hippo What, in this particular situation, should you NOT do Hm Any ideas Or what if there s a particularly charming Humboldt squid in the neighborhood and it invites you out for a leisurely swim What should be your response Kids are being told what not to do all the time, but it might make for a nice change of pace if they knew that if they did one thing or another they could potentially DIE a horrid and painful death Steve Jenkins taps into the faux pas of the natural world giving us his standard cut paper lusciousness alongside a text that is funny, furious, and furry all at once As good advice goes, Never Smile at a Monkey turns out to be just the tip of the iceberg.Using eighteen examples, Steve Jenkins enters the natural world and tells it like it is First off, NEVER pet a platypus Simple text explains that as cute as they are, the platypusis the only poisonous mammal The book continues in this manner, beginning each spread with instruction on on what NEVER to do, and following it up with the explanation why Cut paper illustrations of fish and fowl, insects and mammals dot the text At the end further information is given about each creature, and a Bibliography for further reading is included So don t let that big eyed cassowary fool you She ll kick you in the chest soon as look at you if she has half a mind to.I get parents and kids in my library all the time looking for non fiction books with words easy enough for a beginning reader And sure, we have some leveled stuff, but when their eyes turn longingly to some of the artistic titles you know you have to find them something ANYTHING that s written for smaller tykes Jenkins is careful to make the text in this book something a dedicated seven or eight year old might be able to read on their own And think of all the cool new words they ll learn Lethal Unpredictable Venomous.The great thing about Never Smile at a Monkey aside from the title is that the concept instantly grabs you I fully intend to booktalk this to the classes of kids that come into my library by telling them, This book could save your life I ll then follow it up with, Why should you never squeeze a cane toad Any ideas How about the blue ringed octopus Can you tell me why this books says to, NEVER bother a blue ringed octopus And yes, the descriptions of what can happen to you if you do not follow this book s advice can be a little gory But Jenkins doesn t actually show a cassowary delivering lethal kicks to an unsuspecting person or a spitting cobra making contact with a pair of eyeballs Kids love hearing about gory stuff anyway When you tell them that a box jellyfish can wrap you up in its tentacles after spotting you with its twenty four eyes and kill you instantly, they ll be horrified and delighted all at once You can even flip to the back of the book and see all the animals in their various attack modes, sans victims You may never look at a platypus the same way again.Of course, if you ve ever seen one of Jenkins books then you know what to expect with this one He makes cut paper lift off the page without the need of pop ups though, admittedly, I m convinced that someday he ll do a project with pop up artist Robert Sabuda and then the world will gasp for the glory of it all Essentially Jenkins has mastered and I don t think he really gets enough credit for this the art of making paper fibers look like fur Look at the cover if you don t believe me The rhesus monkey staring intently at you has a soft brown coat that tufts up around its ears and mouth just as real fur would Jenkins has even found a way to distinguish this fluffy fur like paper fiber from the equally pulled apart but not fluffy at all fibers found in the monkey s great green irises Turn the book to the back and there s the monkey again, only this time his teeth are on sharp, horrid display You d be forgiven for hastily removing your hand from the book after looking at this I suppose that in a lot of ways the book this bears the most similarities to in my mind is another Jenkins title called Actual Size He s not really a gimmicky author, but the spin on that book was that all the images inside were the same size as they were in real life And in both cases the cover shows a primate staring at the reader In Actual Size the primate is small and adorable Here, you get the distinct impression that this monkey has got your number, and he doesn t like what he sees one bit Kids, on the other hand, will take one look at this title and cover and find themselves irresistibly drawn to a book that instructs them in nature s fickle ways Another gorgeous Jenkins creation for the kids who like the thought of living life on the edge.Ages 4 9. I m giving this four stars because I think it is well done, although I didn t particularly like it myself I think that, for some kids, this will be a really fun and interesting way to learn about different creatures I know there is appeal in learning about dangerous animals, and what makes them dangerous I appreciate that Jenkins focused on how these are adaptation for the animals to survive in the wild and that most of them are not viscous because they are bad or monsters He writes in a creative and engaging way I liked the alliteration Even so, I think this book could really freak some kids out because it goes into the dangers of even seemingly cute innocent creatures, like the platypus Personally, I didn t like reading about all the ways one could die from encounters with 18 different animals But, again, I think the book is well written, and the information in the back expands the information telling about where the animals are found in the wild, etc which is especially good as he does include some lesser known creatures which is neat. Did you know that hippos kill people in Africa than any other wild animal That is why you should never harass a hippopotamus Did you know that the spitting cobra can spit its venom accurately for than eight feet, and it aims for the eyes That is why you should never stare at a spitting cobra Cool, huh I loved learning these and other facts while reading this great book by Steve Jenkins This is another book he has written for older children, but in this one he resolved my one complaint from Living Color of too much text I think this one strikes a perfect balance in a nonfiction picture book for children Each page has one warning such as Never touch a tang along with a short paragraph explaining why it is dangerous to touch a tang a popular aquarium fish which has a razor sharp spine on either side of its tail which can inflict life threatening wounds if the tang is large enough Each page also includes one of Steve Jenkins trademark cut and torn paper collage illustrations The format is simple yet contains fascinating information about a wide variety of animals He also includes a section in the back with additional information about each animal.Just a few other facts I learned For those who like to collect collective nouns, a group of hippos is called a bloat, a group of kangaroos is a mob, and a group of monkeys is a troop.The cassowary is the third largest bird in the world behind the ostrich and the emu but is the only ard bird in the world due to the bony helmet on its head.Humboldt squid can grow to be as much as six and a half feet long and are also called jumbo flying squid because they sometimes jet from the water and glide through the air for several yards to escape danger.Never collect a cone shell It has barbs that can be launched like harpoons and that are so poisonous you can die within minutes of being stabbed.More than 5,000 human deaths have been caused by contact with the box jellyfish s stinging tentacles The box jellyfish is the only jellyfish with eyes. As a kid I probably would have loved this I adored anything having to do with fastest largest slowest strongest etc So, how cool to have a book about 18 dangerous and possibly deadly creatures.Things I liked The book doesn t just focus on typical animals Meaning, we learn about the cone shell, the cane toad and the electric caterpillar And, of the familiar animals, we get specifics instead of just a snake, instead of just a cobra, it s a spitting cobra Instead of just jellyfish, it s a box jellyfish, etc.The illustrations are nice, and make the text less scary since, in my opinion, some of these creatures looked rather cute On the downside, the text got a little redundant Yes, we got the specifics of how the creature is dangers which was really interesting but basically they all seemed to end with if you re unlucky enough to get stung bit face to face by one of these it may result in great pain or even death Which, is sort of the point of the book, but it just started to loose its impact a bit thankfully, there s a detailed back matter on each animal which is really great Also, there was a part of me that wanted it a little clear that these animals are just going about their lives, that they aren t malicious and you ll only get hurt when you cross over into their territory This is sort of mentioned a few times, but part of me wanted it clearly stated.So, all in all it was an enjoyable book But I would caution parents to read it before handing it over to a sensitive or worrisome kid I don t think it would have bothered me, but I could picture a child reading it and then becoming a little afraid to go play outside without reassurance. Just as terrific, or terrifying, as you d expect it to be I mean, the animals are shown isolated, no gore or anything, but still And there is further info about each in the back, and even a bibliography for reading if you still have a need for thrills Is it a testosterone thing I got enough from these few pages This book is really interesting It talks about all these different, random animals that can kill you and how they can kill you I learned so much. Grade interest level Middle school 6th 7th Reading level Fountas and Pinnell, W,X,Y Lexile 920Genre Picture, informational, non fictionThis is an information book about a few different types of animals people would not normally expect to be dangerous and the actions that antagonize them It explains how a bunch of potentially harmless animals such as a platypus, a caterpillar and a toad could be harmless to humans This is a picture book, which is a different, potentially exciting format for an informational book Throughout the book, one can learn about a wide array of animals that can be found all over the world The back of the book even goes into detail about where each animal can be found After reading the book, you will find out why it is never a good idea to flash your teeth and smile at a monkey I would use this book in the classroom as a interesting way to present information to my students I feel like older students are so used to textbooks as the only form of informational texts and I think they would enjoy a picture book than a textbook I believe that students learn better from experiencing a variety of different texts and I certainly do not think picture books can only be used in elementary school. My niece liked Never Smile at a Monkey than my nephew did She liked that it told you all kinds of facts about animals that pertained to how they protect themselves, and this was interesting and educational, even for me I had no idea that platypuses have poisonous spines on their back legs Never Smile at a Monkey was a bit intense for my little nephew, though Many of the paragraphs about the animals ended by implanting the idea of serious injury, or even death to humans, and this was maybe a bit dire to a four year old who doesn t know that hippos, for example, don t naturally live in his back yard So this was an interesting book, but it does have a good, scare the crap out of a kid factor to it Probably best to not read it to kids under about the age of seven or eight. When It Comes To Wild Animals, Everyone Knows That There Are Certain Things You Just Don T Do It S Clearly A Bad Idea To Tease A Tiger, Pull A Python S Tail, Or Bother A Black Widow Spider But Do You Know How Dangerous It Can Be To Pet A Platypus, Collect A Cone Shell, Or Touch A Tang Fish Some Creatures Have Developed Unusual Ways Of Protecting Themselves Or Catching Prey, And This Can Make Them Unexpectedly Hazardous To Your Health In This Dynamic And Fascinating Picture Book By Steve Jenkins, You Ll Find Out What You Should Never Do If You Encounter One Of These Surprisingly Dangerous Animals I m actually waiting for this book to be delivered to my library from the MN Link intra library system and honestly, I can t wait I seriously cannot wait I am terrified that between now and when it arrives I will come across a platypus or cone shell or some other animal and do exactly the wrong thing and be killed within moments I m not sure how we all live our lives without this book.Katie is doing this assignment in her class called Read O It s like Bingo but with books There s a chart with genres filled out and she has to read books in certain genres to get a Read O One of the genres she needs is Non fiction animal book I think this will meet that criteria and possibly save all our lives as well