Friday 22 July 2022

Three Little Monkeys Ride Again, by Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark, reviewed by Pippa Goodhart

The Three Little Monkeys are everso naughty, and a complete delight. Quentin Blake, as author, and Emma Chichester Clark, as illustrator, are enjoying themselves hugely here, as they have with their other Three Little Monkeys stories. 


This time Hilda Snibs, wearer of wonderful hats, is taking Tim, Sam and Lulu for some ‘peace and quiet’ at her elderly mother’s house in the countryside. ‘But the three little monkeys very soon began to feel bored’. Uh-oh, we think, …  and of course monkey mayhem ensues, things broken and mess spectacular made. 

We book audience are torn between delight at the wild naughtiness of kinds we’d never dare do … and the looks of horror and embarrassment and upset on dear Hilda and her mother’s faces. How can this possibly end happily? It does, I promise. Even if there are still ducks in the sink, and frogs in the soup, and pondweed everywhere.  

Who could resist those naughty monkeys? Not me!

1 comment:

Penny Dolan said...

This book looks such fun, with plenty of detail to explore and talk about in Quentin Blake's illustrations.