Curious George meets Mr. Bean in the third adorable picture book from author-illustrator Jeff Mack that follows the loveable Mr. Monkey on his wacky adventures. Mr. Monkey loves playing his video game. He wants to beat the ultimate level! But now he must go outside and find his stolen controller. What could possibly go wrong?
It’s fun to see Mr. Monkey go outside instead of just sitting in and playing his video game, but a little sad that all he thinks about when he is out is the video game.
The overall message here is a good one—there’s adventure waiting outside, and it’s a good idea to put down electronic entertainment and get out there and experience it. The delivery is pretty heavy-handed though, which makes it less fun. In addition, there’s a repetitive pattern, which would be fun and clever a few times, but I feel like I just got beaten over the head with it. It’s a pass for me.
Jeff Mack has written and illustrated a long list of award-winning picture books, chapter books, and early readers, including the Clueless McGee series, the Mr. Monkey series, Good News Bad News, Hush Little Polar Bear, Duck in the Fridge, and Look!. He lives, works, and sometimes monkeys around in Western Massachusetts. Visit him at JeffMack.com.