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What is inside THIS box?
2019
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From the author of The Day the Crayons Quit comes a groundbreaking friendship series, introducing best friends Monkey and Cake as they grapple with life's biggest questions.

Meet Monkey and Cake.
They are silly and they are curious.
Sometimes they agree. Sometimes they do not.
But they are always best friends.

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors , Drew Daywalt, and illustrator Olivier Tallec, comes Monkey and Cake . In this book, Monkey and Cake cannot agree what's inside Monkey's mysterious box. Is it a kitty? Is it a dinosaur? How will they find out -- and what do you think is inside?

With Daywalt's signature quirky style, the relatable humor of Elephant and Piggie, and the wise friendship of Frog and Toad, Monkey and Cake invites readers to laugh along and let their imaginations soar.

Praise for Monkey & Cake:

"Exuberant, expressive, and full of philosophical inquiry." -- The Wall Street Journal

"Funny and thought-provoking. A definite purchase for beginning reader collections." --- School Library Journal

* "Perfect for novice readers who enjoy a bit of brain-teasing as well as a comedy buddy."-- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
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School Library Journal Review
K-Gr 2-This new series stars an impish little monkey and a personified slice of cake with a cherry on top of his head. Monkey and Cake are good friends. When Cake discovers Monkey sitting on top of a box, he asks what is inside. Monkey responds that a cat is in the box, but upon further questioning admits that the cat exists only when the box is closed. To up the ante, he also states that if Cake opens the box, the cat will disappear because the cat is MAGIC. Cake, as one would expect, is incredulous. They go back and forth and appear to be heading to a stalemate when Monkey advises Cake that he can think anything he wants about what is inside the box when it is closed. This invitation to imagination is priceless, and Cake soon declares that a dinosaur is inside. The whole Socratic debate begins anew with the two friends finally coming to an agreement that they will never know what is actually inside the box. Once they exit the scene, readers see a cat peeking out, and wouldn't you know it, when we turn the page, she is accompanied by a dinosaur. Daywalt (The Day the Crayons Quit) and Tallec (This Book Will Not Be Fun) have crafted a delightful, philosophical romp that will please and intrigue beginning readers. The end of the book contains several questions for children to ponder, which will prompt discussion and imaginative play. A nod to Schrödinger's cat is included for all quantum mechanics fans. VERDICT Funny and thought-provoking. A definite purchase for beginning reader collections.-Amy Nolan, St. Joseph Public Library, MI © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
On the theory that it's never too early to start considering the deep questions, Daywalt opens his Monkey & Cake series with the two friends literally, in Tallec's simply drawn cartoons, a monkey and a slice of personified cake engaging in a sometimes-heated exchange over a carton that, claims Monkey, contains a magic kitty that vanishes when, and only when, it's open. Cake has understandable doubts (and some theories of his own) but eventually, in easy-to-follow stages, comes around to the only logical position: that whatever is or is not in the box is more a matter of belief than something provable. Though a kitty labeled Schrödinger's cat does put in an appearance on the rear endpaper, the scenario is pitched in a way that will engage even the younger reaches of the intended audience. Deceptively written and formatted as an easy reader, this classic philosophical proposition is copublished with an equally accessible exercise in categorical dialectics titled This Is MY Fort!--John Peters Copyright 2019 Booklist
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