The Monkey and the Moonbeam
In his debut book, Jonathan Smith uses his story and illustrations in a powerful way to show that while we always strive for something more and better than what we have, it is often the little things in life that are most important.
NicNic is searching for the most comfortable bed so that he can have the best sleep. On his journey around the world, NicNic tries many soft and comfortable places to sleep, but there is always something not quite right. On his return home, he realises what it is that is so important.
Title: The Monkey and the Moonbeam
Author: Jonathan Smith
Illustrator: Jonathan Smith
Publisher: Little Love
Date of Publication: July 2022
Themes: Belonging, dreams, the importance of little things
Do you have any advisory warnings for this book? no
Would this book work as a read aloud? Yes
Is there a particular part of the country that it’s set in? No
Reviewer: Leanne Nathan, Associate Principal, Clendon Park School, Auckland
How are you recommending this book? Recommended
What’s the book’s opening sentence? There is a forgotten part of the world, where deep lush jungle grows in a misty mountaintop.
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