My family and I are very big on reading aloud. I'd already read "Where the Red Fern Grows" by the same author, Wilson Rawls, and so we decided to give this book a try.
By the end we were all bawling. Even Dad.
This is a very beautiful, spiritually nourishing book with gently repetitive text, and is a great read-aloud or a good book to curl up with on a rainy afternoon. It has many hilarious parts, many tear-jerkers and a passle of memorable moments as the fortunate reader travels along with Jayberry in his escapades after a bunch of escaped circus monkeys. Worth a credit at least! A very worthy read.
I LOVE this book. It is my absolute favorite! It's just silly adventure and typical little boy tricks and flubs. I really like how clean the book is and it doesn't have a lot of depressing moments like other books by the same author. Definately a fun book.
i don't like monkees of any kind... it was a gag gift, but being the reader that i am i decided to give it a try. a cute story that had me laughing at the boy and the "monkey business" he became involved w/, but it shows how strong his relationship w/ his family and especially his grandfather is.
Jay Berry Lee is happy until the summer he is 14 years old and discovers monkeys living in the creek bottoms near his parents' homestead. Set in the late 1800s, Summer of the Monkeys traces the boy's adventures as he attempts to capture 29 monkeys that have (it turns out) escaped from the circus. With somewhat dubious help from his grandfather, and over the objections of his mother, Jay goes about discovering that monkeys are much smarter and harder to catch than he thought possible. Woven into this story is a second theme about his physically disabled sister and the family's attempts to find money for an operation. As funny and touching as Wilson Rawls's Where the Red Fern Grows, this book will appeal to the young reader who has always wished for the freedom to run wild through the woods with nothing more pressing to do than find another rabbit hole--or escaped monkey.
This novel, set in rural Oklahoma around the turn of the century, is a heart-warming family story--full of rich detail and delightful characters--about a time and place when miracles were really the simplest of things...
This book is a classic. I enjoyed it just as much as Where the Red Fern Grows. The main character has a strong will and determination yet understands the value of family and makes a personal sacrifice in order to support his little sister. A sweet, humorous, adventure!
Pub. 1984. If you've not yet read any of Wilson Rawls books (ostensibly written for children - but don't you believe it)you're in for a treat with this one. Set in the late 1800s, Rawls drawls his way through a boys Arkansas adventure with some lost monkeys and one wily chimpanzee.