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October 21, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Kids’ shop: Monkeys take to the rails in new Porter book

By Bree Coven Brown / Special to Sunday Market

ThunderboltExpress_1020_630Matthew Porter is at it again. The prolific children’s book illustrator and author, known for his cheeky, wide-eyed monkeys, has released a new book.

“Monkey World: The Thunderbolt Express,” from Seattle publisher Sasquatch Books, is Porter’s first book for older children, ages 4–8.

Stylish and engaging characters, such as Jango Jenkins and his Dixieland Band, go on a magical train ride full of suspense and intrigue. How will the train make it across the river of crocodiles when it has no tracks? And where has Napoleon the pug disappeared to?

Young train fans will enjoy this unique spin on the genre, and parents will appreciate the artistic detail.

Porter is already at work on the next book in the series, coming in 2014.

$18 at booksellers

 

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