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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Rules are rules and there are some very important rules all children need to follow. For example, playing with a ball inside the house is forbidden. Monkey Bandit knows this rule and, for the most part, he follows it. That is until one day, when looking for a banana, Monkey Bandit is intrigued by a ball. He examines it carefully, touches it lightly and laughs when it moves. He tries sitting on the ball, only to fall over and hurt himself. Now, he’s angry with the ball. He gives it a swift kick and you can only imagine what happens next. And that’s how Monkey Bandit gets himself into trouble.
Maria Ellis’s charming picture book story, Monkey Bandit and the Naughty Ball, will certainly entertain the very young. With colorful illustrations and a little bit of humor, children will appreciate the lesson that Monkey Bandit learned about his so-called naughty ball. Wasn’t it really the naughty Monkey Bandit? After all, he did break one of the rules, the rule that states he must not play with balls inside the house. There are reasons for rules and Monkey Bandit had to learn the hard way what the reasoning was for the rule about balls in the house.
This is a valuable teaching tool for very young children. Adults reading this story to the very young can certainly help children share things they have done that were naughty and why there are rules about certain things. Young children would certainly relate to Monkey Bandit as he learns the values behind the rule about balls in the house. Well done!