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The monkey narrator in this humorous picture book gaurantees that he can READ YOUR MIND. What begins as a simple request to imagine the most spectacular thing in history turns into the story of a roller-skating, bubble-blowing purple kangaroo searching for his dear friend Ernesto on the moon. So by the time you finish this book, there's no chance you will be thinking of anThe monkey narrator in this humorous picture book gaurantees that he can READ YOUR MIND. What begins as a simple request to imagine the most spectacular thing in history turns into the story of a roller-skating, bubble-blowing purple kangaroo searching for his dear friend Ernesto on the moon. So by the time you finish this book, there's no chance you will be thinking of anything BUT the purple kangaroo....

Title : The Purple Kangaroo
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ISBN : 9781416957713
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 32 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Purple Kangaroo Reviews

  • Dichotomy Girl
    2019-02-21 00:57

    A. loved it.

  • Garrett
    2019-03-12 03:07

    I've read this book three times and the monkey has still yet to predict that I'm thinking of a turtle named frank who love string and tries to play with it like a kitten but can't because he's too slow even though all his kitten friends bought him a jetpack, but neglected to buy fuel for the jetpack so it just weighs him down, thus making it even harder to play with the string.I'll give it another go, though.

  • Heidi-Marie
    2019-02-25 20:51

    This started out well for a preschool crowd, but I think it might be bit too much for them to process by the end? Perhaps. I'll keep it in mind and see how my group is doing. Until then, I can definitely use this at the school-age outreach storytime that I'm doing tomorrow. I think they would get the humor of it.3/13/14 This was so perfect! The groups that I read it to loved it. Especially the nose blowing part.4/9/14 Tried this in colors theme for preschool. Just to see. The adults definitely loved it. Definite parts were over the kids' heads, but they really loved the pictures.

  • Amy Adams
    2019-03-12 20:57

    Though still pretty funny, this has been my least favorite of M.I.B.'s children's books so far. There's plenty of silliness, the character names are hilarious, and who doesn't like a book with a mischievous chinchilla!? But, this one is difficult to read aloud, as it's mostly just one big, long-winded question. I like the illustrations when they're not focused on the kinda creepy monkey. Again, this book was ok, but I'd recommend Chicken Cheeks, I'm Bored, or A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea!

  • Crystal
    2019-03-16 01:59

    This one is funny and may be a good read aloud (there are plenty of opportunities for interaction) but by the end of the book the questions are so long winded I'm afraid the preschoolers wouldn't understand.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-01 19:47

    I read this to a bunch of kids today who loved it! They were laughing right from the beginning of the story. By the end of the book they were definitely thinking about a Purple Kangaroo! We discussed stories and how they are created.

  • Ryan
    2019-03-10 22:12

    Who knew that funny monkeys could be wise mind readers. Well this monkey has the power. But to tell too much will give his secret away. This charming book, and charming monkey, will have you from the very beginning.

  • Mommywest
    2019-02-28 22:49

    Hillarious! The illustrations are half the fun. So creative, funny, and well-put together. Definitely a favorite!

  • Molly Fefolt
    2019-02-22 19:58

    The Purple Kangaroo is written by Michael Ian Black and illustrated by Peter Brown. It opens on a monkey telling the reader to imagine the craziest thing they can possibly imagine, a thing nobody ever has imagined before. The monkey then proceeds to attempt reading the reader’s mind. He makes a guess as to what the reader thought of, beginning with a purple kangaroo, but then makes his guess more and more extravagant until he reveals a mind trick at the end.While this book lacks a moral in true postmodern fashion, the postmodern elements contained within make the plot interesting regardless. The easiest element to pick up on is that the monkey directly addresses the reader throughout the story, giving commands, asking questions, and generally conversing with the reader as though in a real-life conversation. Similarly, the images show the monkey looking directly out at the reader, especially during the time the monkey tries reading the reader’s mind, which features an extreme close up double-page spread of just the monkey’s eyes swirling in a hypnotic, mind-reading fashion. The book also features references to itself as a book, acknowledging that nothing in the book is real. For instance, when telling the reader to begin imagining, the monkey says not to worry about him cheating, because he’s merely an image on the page and thus is incapable of hearing the reader and/or their thoughts. This appears again at the end when the monkey, still incredulous that his guess could be wrong, says that the reader is now thinking of all of the scenarios he described, and that if they return to the front of the book, he could read their mind again now.The images in this book contribute to the idea that everything the monkey suggests is meant to be something thought of by the reader, because once he begins describing scenarios, everything besides the location of the monkey on the page is encased in a cloud-like border. This fluffy-looking border represents a typical thought bubble one would expect in any drawing involving thought, and the images inside it always represent the monkey’s wild guesses. The text, on the other hand, is all encased in a typical speech bubble as if projected from the monkey’s mouth. This allows a separation between the events the monkey is describing and the real-time events, because it shows that none of the characters in the thought bubbles are speaking, and all of the words belong to the monkey. The character of the monkey directly addressing the audience, the attention to literary format, and the interplay of reality and thought combine into an entertaining postmodern read.

  • Jenn Swanson
    2019-02-22 00:08

    My daughter seemed to enjoy the pictures more than the actual story itself. I was thinking that book would be funny to observe someone reading it because it is hard not to trip over the words in this ridiculous story. Would recommend.

  • Tasha
    2019-02-28 22:51

    Join in a silly romp of a book because you are invited by a mind-reading monkey. He can read YOUR mind. Close your eyes and think of something. Then say it out loud and look into the monkey’s eyes. Did you think of a purple kangaroo? No? Well monkey bets he can figure out what you’re thinking about next!This book is pure fun. Black’s writing is done in text bubbles, carrying the story forward at a fast pace. The monkey is funny, irreverent and the story he tells about the purple kangaroo is so off-the-wall. Brown’s illustrations add to the fun. Who could ever forget the picture of the purple kangaroo blowing an enormous rainbow bubble-gum bubble out of his nose? The humor will work for slightly older children than most picture books, making this the ideal book to take on a school visit to second and third graders.Guaranteed to get classes laughing, this is one to share that is sure to delight. Appropriate for ages 5-9.

  • Miss Ryoko
    2019-02-19 23:46

    Oh. My. Gosh. I love Michael Ian Black like whoa so when I found out he was writing children's books... and he had one where the ever fabulous Peter Brown did the illustrations... match made in literary heaven for me! I am baffled this book does not have a straight up overall 5 star rating! Incredibly silly and fun with fantastic illustrations! I laughed so hard at the large spread of the monkey with the hypnotizing eyes. I love the monkey's facial expressions, especially when he has an "eyebrow" raised. Oh lord, this book is fantastic! It MUST be added to my own personal collection.

  • Jenny
    2019-02-23 21:14

    First, I thought it was kind of fun that the author and illustrator's names are colors and this is a PURPLE kangaroo. Totally not an important fact...but they did capitalize on that a bit & it is fun. Love this book. It has a fun gimmick..and awesome illustrations. The monkey is sure he can read your mind... And then tries to prove it to you, the reader. As soon as I finished, my 6 year old asked me to check and see if they have written more books about the monkey or the kangaroo...or even just more books by the same pair. So clearly she liked it. I predicted the gimmick/ending almost immediately but that didn't lessen the fun.

  • Regina
    2019-03-08 23:57

    Two of my favorite Children's Book authors, Comedian Michael Ian Black, and Peter Brown take on this story of a hilarious and sneaky little mind-reading monkey. He knows just what you're thinking about. In fact, there's a full two-page spread of his huge eyes staring into yours just so he can extract the truth! Voila! You're thinking about a Purple Kangaroo who is on the hunt for his best friend, a wild-eyed chinchilla named Senor Ernesto de Pantalones. Right?Right.This would be a PERFECT storytime book for the kindergarten/1st grade crowd.

  • Donna
    2019-03-06 00:55

    My 2-1/2 year old loves this book. The monkey is essentially telling a joke about a purple kangaroo. It's a silly story, but silly is what kids love. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that it's not one of those "I can read it every night and it doesn't get old books." My husband and I get tired of reading this over and over. Plus, the illustration of the monkey's eyes being hypnotizing scares my son a little.But overall, nice book. We'll be returning this back to the library and purchasing it to add to our library.

  • NatalieSapkarov Harvey
    2019-02-23 23:05

    "The illustrations for this book are rendered in acrylic paint and graphite with a wee bit of digital tweaking." The color palette in this book is delicious. It reminds me of Bubblicious bubble gum, so sugary sweet that it's grainy on your teeth and tongue. The soft pink monkey background is perfect against the saturated thought bubbles. Not to mention that the story is hilarious. Goodness, I might just have to buy this one. I love looking at it.

  • Megan
    2019-03-07 23:57

    The premise is that the narrator monkey is able to tell what the reader is thinking of. Were you thinking of a purple kangaroo? Well, I bet you are now! The book jacket recommends it for ages 4-8, but I suspect even older kids would enjoy this as a silly read aloud. Some of the vocabulary is a little tricky for younger readers trying to tackle this on their own (chinchilla, fragrant, paisley, derring-do, etc.).

  • Jessica
    2019-03-10 00:09

    Great read-aloud that was a big hit with the 2nd grade class that I read it to. The premise is that a monkey tells you that he can read your mind. He tells you that he's thinking of a purple kangaroo, and that makes you think of it! And of course, the fact that the purple kangaroo roller skates, juggles, and has a chinchilla friend named Senor Ernesto de Pantalones definitely contributed to the laughs. Ages 4-8

  • Wendy
    2019-03-12 20:05

    Time for my Wednesday Night Working with Celeste on the Kid's Floor review of a picture book! Last week, it was, which happily ended much better than I anticipated. This week, I'm treated with an adorable and cheeky monkey who claims to read minds. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! (view spoiler)[He can't. (hide spoiler)] But it's still cute. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Stephanie Croaning
    2019-03-12 01:51

    This is just a fun, silly story that made me smile and laugh out loud. The way the story unfolds actually reminds me of some of the stories that the 3rd-grade boys make up during writing time -- the sillier and zanier the better! The interest level for this book is K-3, but I would stick with 2nd or 3rd grade.

  • Sunnyvale Librarian
    2019-03-10 22:02

    The team of author Black and illustrator Brown offers readers a fine work of pure silliness. An engaging monkey tantalizes the reader with his "amazing magical power" as a mind reader. Monkey claims to know exactly what the reader is thinking about, and after delivering sufficient giggles to the reader, proves that he does indeed.

  • Karen
    2019-03-07 21:50

    Well, for me this would be a solid four because I thought it was funny and I love anything Peter Brown puts to paper. However, it's a big ol' fail on the CC scale because the two page spread of the ape with the hypnotizing eyes caused a complete freak out- "Shut the book!!! Shut it!!"Sad. I guess I'll be donating this to school...

  • Dolly
    2019-03-08 01:10

    A humorous and very strange story about a monkey who reads minds...sort of. This book came as a "prize" in a box of Cheerios. Our girls thought it was pretty funny, but it really didn't entertain me very much. I only read the English narrative, though the book was printed in both English and Spanish.

  • Angie
    2019-02-24 22:01

    Michael Ian Black is a funny funny man and he can write funny picture books. I really enjoyed Purple Kangaroo. It is smart and funny and highly entertaining. And you know what? I was thinking of a banana-juggling, roller-skating, hula-hooping, rainbow-buble-gum-nose-blowing, paisley-patterned-blimb-floating, wild-eyed-chinchilla Senor Ernesto de Pantalones-searching purple kangaroo!

  • paula
    2019-03-14 21:13

    Now I know what Evil Hate Monkey ( (photo by Steve Parke) did when he was but a young, not-quite-evil-more-like-an-Impish Smartass Monkey. I need to buy this book for all my friends RIGHT NOW.(More Monkey and Trixie: (photos by Mike Lee)

  • Carissa
    2019-02-16 20:55

    The monkey (who changes his stand from "Lemonade" to "Mind Reader") bets that he can read your mind, then proceeds to tell the reader something spectacular about a purple kangaroo. The monkey is reminiscent of a circus talker.

  • Alison
    2019-03-10 23:49

    I was having a hard day today and the librarian at the local library suggested this book to me, and I loved it! It made me laugh, hysterically!!! I could read this book over and over again!! If you never had a childhood, when you were a child like me, then this is a book you MUST read.

  • Traci Bold
    2019-02-18 21:58

    A picture book to tickle your funny bone and make you think about a purple kangaroo. Written by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Peter Brown and published by Simon &* Schuster Books for Young Readers.#PB #mustread #funny monkey #purple #kangaroo

  • Juliana Lee
    2019-03-18 02:00

    I love the combination of text and artwork in this picture book. The 'joke' is clever and complete. And I'm pretty sure even the youngest readers will 'get it'.

  • Heather
    2019-03-14 02:48

    44 months - I'll give this one kudos for originality and it was entertaining to read once or twice from the library. The illustration style didn't thrill me greatly and I just can't see this one having longevity over time. O was entertained... at least the first time or two.