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NPBM Blog-Along: Monkeys

Did you know that November is Picture Book Month?

Trick question, because it never was before… but now it is!  Picture Book Month is an international initiative to celebrate children’s books and debunk the rumor that printed books will cease to exist because of new technology.  Go read more at founder Dianne de Las Casas’ website, and tune in for the blog posts by famous authors and illustrators.  There’s even a calendar with different themes for each day of November, so you can play along.

You know I can’t resist a good picture book, so this is right up my alley!  Instead of NaNoWriMo or any of the other 30-Day-Blog-Challenges, I’ve decided to take on Picture Book Month as my own personal blogging challenge–I will highlight one book a day that goes along with the theme for that day, in addition to my regular blogging.  Join me for Picture Book Month and share your favorite picture books!

November 21, 2011
Theme: Monkeys

Anthony Browne’s King Kong: From the Story Conceived by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper, written and illustrated by Anthony Browne

So King Kong isn’t exactly a monkey… I’m taking a little liberty with the theme today.  But this is a really powerful story and masterfully illustrated.  It’s not something I would pick up every day, because the plot is sad and complex and rather long, but it’s quite an experience.  The illustrations are gorgeous, like an oil painting on every page.  It’s a winner for a more mature audience–this is one of those picture books that probably isn’t really geared toward children, although I’m sure older kids would enjoy it too.

What’s your favorite Monkeys picture book?

Tune in tomorrow for the next picture book, and check out Picture Book Month’s website too!

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