PRAISE FOR JUST A STORY
"The deadpan text is a foil for the rowdy artwork, cheery scenes littered with clues for alert viewers."
-Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"[A] delightful romp . . . a rollicking adventure."
-School Library Journal (Monkey Takes a Hike)
"Mack's mastery of repetition expertly recycles sentences (and a vocabulary of around 70 words), adding new meaning through illustration and context."
-Kirkus Reviews (Monkey Takes a Hike)
"A super-silly riff on a perennial question: What do grown-ups do while kids sleep?"
-Kirkus Reviews (Duck on a Disco Ball)
"Mack’s episodic story presentation and expressive physical comedy offer natural appeal for early readers."
-Publishers Weekly (Mr. Monkey Visits a School)
"Monkey + banana = recipe for delicious cake…or delicious comedy? Encore, encore for kid lit's ap-peel-ing new primate."
-Kirkus Reveiws (Starred Review) (Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake)
"Mack kicks off an easy-reader series with a sweet and deilicious romp."
-Booklist (Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake)
"A behavioral window for some, a mirror for many, and a delightful book for all."
-Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) (Mine!)
"This bedtime story reassures and entertains. A guaranteed hit for vehicle lovers."
-School Library Journal (If My Love Were a Fire Truck)
"A powerful message about the support of friends and defusing a bully wrapped in a sweet Valentine tale."
-Kirkus Reviews (How Do You Say I Love You, Dewey Dew?)
"This is a fun read-aloud that will have children wanting to look and look again."
-School Library Journal (Look!)
"The slapstick action unfolds on linen-textured backgrounds, battered vintage book covers, and the actual pages of a book—hat-tips to the physicality of books that hint at a happy ending for bibliophiles of all ages."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Look!)
"Look, indeed! An energetic invitation to the joys of books."
-Kirkus Reviews (Look!)
"Mack has another winner with this cross between a picture book and beginning reader. Kids will love hapless Mr. Monkey and root for his success all the while enjoying his amusing near failures."
-School Library Journal (Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake)
"Conceptually rich and a whole lot of fun."
-School Library Journal (Mine!)
"A fun read-aloud."