Monty's Magnificent Mane

Monty's Magnificent Mane

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Does Monty care about his wonderful mane more than his friends?

Monty the lion loves his long, golden mane, so he's not happy when his meerkat friends mess it up. Stomping off to the waterhole, he's cheered up by the flattery of a new friend . . . a green friend . . . a big, green friend. With a SNAP Monty realizes that his flattering pal is actually a giant crocodile looking for dinner. And it's up to Monty to save everyone?--?including himself!
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press,, [2015]
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780763675936
Branch Call Number: P ONE
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly colour illustrations ; 26 x 30 cm

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mmcbeth29
Sep 28, 2015

SUMMARY: Monty loves his magnificent mane of hair very much. So much, that when the meerkats compliment him on his hair, Monty lets them play in it. Until they make a mess of it that is. They try to fix their mistake, but Monty is not happy. He goes down to the water to admire his hair. There he runs into a ferocious creature that chases Monty back to where the meerkats are, putting them in danger. Monty stands his ground and protects the meerkats--even if they mess up his mane sometimes.

ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in mixed media. They are larger than life, full of color, full of movement and life! I especially love the two page spread of Monty's roar. Absolutely gorgeous.

THE GOOD: This is a wonderful moral story about being a friend when it counts the most and letting unimportant things go when they don't really matter. The crocodile took a chomp out of Monty's hair because of his vanity, but in the end it didn't matter because he was able to protect his friends. There are also a lot of M words which would make it a great book for classroom use when learning the letter M.
THE NOT AS GOOD: The story lacks a bit of development that would make it even better. It comes to the conclusion with a piece or two of background story missing. The parts with the crocodile may be too scary for the youngest children.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Ages 4-7

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Sep 28, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 7

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