This exuberant book gets the story started right away on the title page, where we see our hero deep in "The Thinker" style contemplation. Next, on the copyright page, we discover that The Monkey is trying to figure out how to get to a lovely bunch of bananas that are on the next island. At first, he simply tries crossing The Water to get to the banana island, but soon he finds his situation complicated by The Shark.
The first thing that caught my eye about The Monkey Goes Bananas was the way Bloom's sparse writing and Raymundo's simple storyboard illustrations combined to make a compelling and easy-to-follow story-line, but what really made me a fan was The Shark. His expressions are priceless. Raymundo really seems to make every line in his illustrations count.
With a title like The Monkey Goes Bananas you expect some silliness, and Bloom and Raymundo do not disappoint. The humor is broad, visual, and sure to appeal to the little monkeys everywhere. Pick up a copy at your local library!