Release Date: September 17, 1997
Mandy and James find a sick baby monkey, abandoned near the beach. They manage to nurse her back to health, but without a family to return to, the monkey is destined for a life of captivity on the mainland. Can they find her parents before they lose their baby for ever?
I read this book as part of the Emmie's B-day Readathon to complete the challenge of reading a book under 200 pages long.
This year one of my reading goals is to re-read book series I loved in my childhood. So far I've read some Rainbow Magic Fairy books, I'm going to read a Roman mysteries book and now I've read an Animal Ark book. And quite surprisingly I loved this book just as much the second time round.
This book is obviously written for young children so the writing is simplistic and gets straight to the point. There is no complex world-building, no similes or metaphors; you are just reading the book for the plot. This writing style made the book much quicker to read as you weren't getting caught up in the little details.
Honestly this is the only Animal Ark book where I didn't like Mandy. She seemed whiny, complaining when a person talked about harming a fly. I understand that she cares about animals, but seriously, get a grip!
This was a fun and highly enjoyable book, with some educational aspects It would be good as a filler book, for when you need to reach your Goodreads goal. I would recommend it to young children (7-12) or anyone who wants a simple read.