Monkey World The Thunderbolt Express by Matthew Porter
  

Synopsis

Monkey World The Thunderbolt Express by Matthew Porter

This is an imaginative adventure that involves magic, a flying train, and monkeys dressed in suits and bowlers. It is suitable for children aged 4-8. All aboard for a magical train ride with Jango Jenkins and his Dixieland Band, Oscar the magician, Miss Trixie and her pug dog Napoleon. This book is about what happens when a pleasant journey goes all wrong. The pug goes missing. The bridge ahead is missing. And the handle on the train brake is broken. Only in Monkey World can the solution to this pickle involve shedding all weight to attempt to fly the train!

Reviews

...a thrill-a-minute train ride. ...[The characters] are all rendered as stylized, nattily attired monkeys in Porter's cleanly drawn, brightly colored cartoon illustrations. Any expectations of a quiet journey are quickly dispelled as a mystery featuring a vanished pet is followed by a brake failure, a missing bridge, a wild flying leap over a crocodile-infested river and a full-speed trip right through a circus tent. Whew!... The adventure is narrated in a dry, matter-of-fact present tense that folds in some nifty vocabulary as well as conveying these monkeys

... A hoot for younger children fond of monkeys (not to mention, in one scene, monkeys in underpants!). Kirkus Reviews An eclectic crowd of monkeys boards the Thunderbolt Express. As the train rolls through hills and fields, Ms. Trixie knits a scarf, Mayday the detective reads a newspaper, and Janjo Jenkins and his Dixieland Band entertain. Trouble awaits as the unsuspecting passengers head toward a missing bridge and a river full of crocodiles... Porter's acrylic illustrations are painted on wood and his distinctive monkeys have big, wide eyes and plenty of personality. Readers will enjoy this quirky, wild ride. School Library Journal Get your ticket and climb aboard Monkey World's Thunderbolt Express for a wild adventure. Fans of Thomas the Tank Engine may eagerly climb onboard with the retro-British railway look, but then so will anyone willing to suspend disbelief long enough to enjoy brightly drawn, wide-eyed monkeys in kitschy clothes. One by one we meet the passengers who fill this little pufferbelly train; with names like Fabulous Fred and his Flying Flea Circus, Billy Baxter the ventriloquist and Mono the inventor, Jango Jenkins and his swingin

'll be in for a delightfully unpredictable plot. When the brake handle brakes off in the engineer's hands and, Oh No The Bridge is Gone! threatens catastrophe, these clever monk'

About the Author

Matthew Porter is a children's book illustrator and writer. He has published six books. Matthew and his wife Andrea owned Bluebottle Art Gallery in Seattle from 2002 to 2010 to highlight his famous Monkey World paintings. The gallery built a reputation for being at the forefront of the DIY indie art, craft, and design movement.

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Book Info

Format

Hardback
32 pages
Interest Age: 4-8

Author

Matthew Porter
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Publisher

Publication date

31st October 2013

ISBN

9781570618772


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