Monkey Business

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A creative and playful approach to idioms invites children to have fun with phrases that can be tricky to understand. Clever, bold illustrations play with the idea that idioms have the power to invoke hilarious images when pictured literally, showing kids examples of what commonly used phrases like monkey business really might look like. Language lessons come across subtly, as over-the-top representations of well-known expressions burst with imagination and inspiration.


Laura Hambleton is the author and illustrator of I'm Afraid Too!, Welcome to the Lizard Lounge, Chameleon Swims, and Chameleon Races, the coauthor of Telling Tails and Strawberry Bullfrog, and the illustrator of Telling Tails, How Bees Be, English with Abby and ZakFrench with Abby and Zak, and Ece ve Efe ile Türkçe. Sedat Turhan is the creator of the Milet Picture Dictionary, Milet Mini Picture Dictionary, and the Milet Flashwords series and is the founding director of Milet. He lives in Chicago. Hervé Tullet is the author and illustrator of numerous children's books, including Alphabet Poem, Blue & Square, The Five Senses, Yellow & Round, Night and Day, and Pink Lemon.


"Humor and creativity are used to describe different idioms . . . reading this book with an adult increases early literacy skills."  —Toy Tips Magazine

"A springboard to imaginative drawings of our own . . . useful for all children fascinated by English language and its silly sayings."  —The Old Schoolhouse Magazine