Monkey Me by Timothy Roland

I have a fun series to tell you about today. It is a great series for younger kids and reluctant readers. It is part of Scholastic’s “Branches” book series. The Branches series are books for new independent readers. They are designed to be a bit more challenging but have great stories and exciting plots to keep kids reading.

monkey1Monkey Me Series

By Timothy Roland


Monkey Me and the Golden Monkey

96 pages – ages 6+

Published by Scholastic Inc. on January 28, 2014

Clyde has always been an excitable kid. But when he eats a radioactive banana at the science museum, something strange happens. Clyde literally turns into a monkey when he gets excited! And, for Clyde, that’s a recipe for humongous trouble!

monkey2BOOK 2:

Monkey Me and the Pet Show

96 pages – ages 6+

Will be Published by Scholastic Inc. on March 25, 2014

Roz the bully has been getting on Clyde’s nerves for a while now. She seems to enjoy scaring Clyde. It doesn’t help that she trained her bulldog, Chopper, to go after Clyde. When Clyde learns that Roz is entering Chopper in a pet show, Clyde decides to enter too, so he can beat them! And, what pet is better than… Clyde! As himself – his monkey self!

This is a hilarious series! I think young kids and reluctant readers will like this story a lot. I like how the story turns into a comic whenever Clyde transforms into a monkey. That’s a nice touch. The story idea is cute and really funny. The illustrations are great and cartoon-like. Very kid-friendly. Clyde is a funny kid, not unlike many kindergarten/first graders, and is very hyper, also not unlike many kindergarten/first graders *hee hee.* The reading level is great for young kids or kids a bit older who have some trouble reading. Mixing text with the illustrations really keeps your interest.

I give this series 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more about the Scholastic Branches books visit their website HERE.

Categories: Age 6-9

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20 replies

  1. Thanks for the intro to this series. I could use a new one to share with my kiddo after she finishes the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. 🙂

  2. You are right, these are fun books for reluctant readers!

  3. Would love to hear your opinion on cartoon like characters and when you find they fit in a book and if not, why? Been something I have been thinking about since reading more graphic novels for the younger set.

  4. These look quite funny indeed!

  5. Anything that encourages reading is great in my book! Bravo, Erik and the creators of this series,

  6. Does Clyde grow a long monkey tail? I have one, but I am not LITERALLY a monkey.

    Love and licks,

  7. I enjoy reading Scholastic books, and you’re right these titles do look fun. 🙂


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