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Ready-to-Read Pre-Level 1

Part of Critter-Cam
Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino

About The Book

Experience the world from a monkey’s perspective via the video camera on its head in this fun and exciting Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read book in the Critter-Cam series!

Through a video camera positioned on the monkey’s head, readers can follow along from the monkey’s point of view as it slides down a giraffe’s neck, meets a lion by mistake, and shares a coconut with a friend! Go, Monkey, go! Dan Yaccarino’s bright art and Margie Palatini’s simple text create a dynamic world that beginning readers will want to visit over and over again!

About The Author

Photograph © Margie Palatini

Margie Palatini is the author of many celebrated children’s books, including Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ GrapesThe Three Silly Billies, and Earthquack!, all illustrated by Barry Moser, as well as Sweet Tooth and Bedhead, both illustrated by Jack E. Davis. She lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit Margie at

About The Illustrator

Photo (c) Michael Benebib

Dan Yaccarino’s bold, stylized illustrations add wit and energy to the work of distinguished authors like Margaret Wise Brown, Jack Prelutsky, and Kevin Henkes. His work has been recognized with a host of prestigious awards including the Bologna Ragazzi, The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated, ALA Notable, and the Parents’ Choice Award.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight (December 12, 2023)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665927420
  • Ages: 3 - 5

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Raves and Reviews

"Young readers will laugh and look forward to the next event in Monkey’s adventure. Large, easy-to-read font, with three words per page at most, gives early readers confidence in their ­ability to parse through the text. Bright, bold illustrations from Yaccarino showcase the action as it unfolds, as well as the viewpoint from Monkey’s camera. The running joke of the battery in the camera slowly losing power as the story progresses will guarantee a chuckle from caregivers viewing the book with children. VERDICT Once again, the dynamic team of Palatini and Yaccarino have created a story that is not only appealing to children but also fun for adults. Recommended for all collections."

– School Library Journal, 12/1/23

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