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51QyxEW-bzL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Spunky and Dunky are African wayward monkeys. Both were orphaned in the forest when their parents were tricked, captured and put into a cage by marauding bandits. The bandits take away the monkey brothers’ parents in a truck, never to be seen again. The reader need not fear–a savior is on the way. Enter Buddy Bear, the do-gooder who reads of the monkeys’ story from his home in Canada and goes to Africa himself to help the frightened monkey brothers.

Buddy Bear takes the long way but eventually finds the tired and hungry abandoned monkeys still alive. He scoops them up, makes them feel safe and takes them with him to Canada. On their long journey, Spunky and Dunky ride a plane, make mischief with their “great ideas” and get into plenty of trouble with the airline. Once in Canada, Buddy explains the rules and promises them banana splits if they are good little monkeys. The monkeys even pass Buddy’s obedience test of not sneaking into the neighbor’s yard. The monkeys are rewarded with the promised banana splits for their good behavior, and the book ends on a happy note.

Buddy bear is a wonderful and kind fatherly figure to the monkey pair. He is not married but does have a family of bears around him. He tells the monkeys they will be part of his family and they are rightly added to his clan. He could easily be seen as a father figure that the children will like to read about in the story and can apply to their own lives. He is careful, considerate and patient, and he knows how to help the monkey twins grow up safe and sound. The Adventures of Spunky and Dunky and Buddy Bear is an oversized hard book that any young children are likely to enjoy.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Gary C. Newton. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.