Monty's Magnificent Mane

Monty's Magnificent Mane

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Becoming disgruntled when his meerkat friends muss his beautiful golden mane, Monty the lion stomps off to the waterhole and is flattered by a big green crocodile who may be looking for a tasty supper.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts :, Templar Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press,, 2015.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780763675936
0763675938
Branch Call Number: EP O'Neill Gemma 03/2015
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,color illustrations ;,26 x 30 cm

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WormsBookChief
Dec 11, 2017

Beautiful book! My boys loved it, 4 and 6. Cute story about the true value of friendship.

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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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