February 24, 2019


Monkey Time by Michael Hall is a concept book about time and a primer about animals living in the rainforest.

Monkey is very curious about the brightly colored minutes that go walking around his tree. They look tasty and he wants to eat one! Though he tries to catch them, they all slip by, resulting in sixty minutes that surround him on his clock-shaped tree. Monkey Time introduces readers to the basic concepts of how time passes and how we measure it, all with humor and creativity as Monkey's arms move around the tree like a clock.

Hall's geometric illustrations are created digitally, combining collages of painted and cut paper. The design of the book is such that the casewrap and endpapers serve as extensions of the central narrative, and the story begins on the title page where we see that Monkey is sleeping and all of the little orange and yellow minutes are walking up the tree. The interior spreads alternate between full-bleed illustrations and isolated images against stark white backgrounds. There's extensive backmatter to help further explain time concepts and the animals that Monkey meets in the book.

Monkey Time published from Greenwillow Books earlier this month. And here's a peek underneath the dust jacket!

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