Laura Nadler Scott (author); ACHOO!; Eifrig Publishing (Children's: Juvenile Fiction) $14.99 ISBN: 9781936172405
Byline: Mary Popham
On the Island of Blue, a sneeze erupts and a pleasing tale of rhythm and rhyme unfolds. Achoo! is the title of the book. It's also the startling noise heard in a place where healthy monkeys live happily swinging among blue trees with blue leaves while sipping blue dew. "Confused by the outburst, they listened and froze. Are those sneezly sounds from some sad monkey's nose?"
Laura Nadler Scott and Marguerite Massa create an interesting world of adorable monkeys on the blue-filled island. Skillfully blending fact and fantasy, they describe in words and pictures a blue hill, blue sand, blue palm trees, and blue spoons. Mayor Munkin, who wears a blue hat, tries to stay calm. He thinks about what to do to stop the increasing amount of sneezes, yet he allows no input from others: "He narrowed his eyes, a stern look on his face, 'You must keep that sneeze in your own private space!'"
Despite following the numerous (and good) ideas the mayor comes up with, more and more monkeys begin to sneeze.
Throughout the story, the mayor thinks and paces and ignores wise Mubby Monkey when she tries to tell him her idea. Mayor Munkin advises that sneezing chimps need sleep and relaxation in the...