Monday, September 30, 2013

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

I have read this one out loud to my oldest son but reading it aloud to my two middle kids has made me appreciate it more. Perhaps it is because they are the two that would get into the same scrapes that this young man, Jay Berry, does or perhaps it is because they have tried my patience and I can relate to the mother completely. Either way as we made our way through the 9th chapter the other night I found myself laughing so hard that I could not stop.  This is the chapter where the monkeys get Jay Berry drunk and steal his britches. I have not laughed this much in years. The premise of this book is that a circus train has crashed and the monkeys have escaped, with one very intelligent chimpanzee as their leader. Jay Berry tries with the help of his grandpa to catch the monkeys because they are worth $2 each except for the chimpanzee who is worth $100. Just imagine that! He could by his own 22 and pony if he could just catch them.  Unfortunately the chimpanzee is smarter than he is and he is outfoxed time after time. He doesn't give up and in the end the monkeys are driven by a storm to him and he earns all the money. Does he get his 22 and pony or does he turn the money over to his parents for his twin sister's much needed surgery?  A lesson and laughter all in one!  I love this book.  If you can stop laughing long enough to read it, your kids will love it too! This is the same author of Where the Red Fern Grows.