Title: Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem
Author and Illustrator: Chris Monroe
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Concepts: capital resources, services
Review: Chico Bon Bon, the highly skilled monkey with an incredibly well-equipped tool belt, has returned. As before, he spends most his time building and fixing things for himself and his neighbors. Chico Bon Bon has the most amazing house: spacious, functional, and filled with useful gadgets and comfortable furnishings. Home construction must have involved his ultra-deluxe tool belt, which appears to have been upgraded since Chico Bon Bon’s previous adventure with all sorts of nifty tools, including a frizzler, frazzler, snicker-snacker, and a putty splapper. Will his building talents and his super-charged tool belt help him to address a new problem when a loud and unusual noise seems to be coming out of nowhere?
This entertaining book offers a valuable opportunity to give children a small dose of economics, with Chico Bon Bon using his tools (capital resources) to fix things (a service) for people in the neighborhood. The impeccable illustrations add to the fun and make this book a top choice for children of all ages.
Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children