As a parent, librarian, book reviewer and blogger I love nothing more than to share my thoughts on books that have been (or will be) published in the world of children’s literature, but to get an insight from the intended reading audience as to why certain books are such a popular choice and relevant to that individual is the perfect scenario regardless of which role I refer to personally undertaking at the time. It is, after all, relevant across the board to know why children choose the books they do, what they liked about them, whether they sourced more of the same authors books (or books from that genre,etc), and their specific thoughts and feelings in relation to books. This blog is therefore written by my eleven year old son, who has recently started secondary school, and takes pride in what he chooses to read – and how much he reads too. When I asked my son to talk to me about the Bunny vs Monkey series by Jamie Smart he did not hesitate to tell me about the books in the series, how he came to read them (he loves The Phoenix magazine), and key points that he thought others should know if they are unaware of, or considering this series. I hand over to my son to give his thoughts and reflections of this incredible series.
I like the Bunny vs Monkey books because they are very humourous – they are funnier than actual joke books! There are some serious characters in them, and there are some characters that aren’t, and any time you put these books down you are left on a cliffhanger (because there is so much unfolding at any point in these comics) which means you want to get back to reading them again as quickly as possible, as you really want to know what happens next.
After reading and really enjoying one of the earlier titles in this series, I wanted the entire series because there is always something new happening, such as once Monkey creates an invention and it gets destroyed there will be another invention to replace it, and that takes the story in a different direction. I really like that the characters are animals, but they do not necessarily behave how you would expect, and I could not wait to share my reading experience of these books with others, particularly because they are just so fun.
When I got my own copy of these comic books – I borrowed the first one I read from my primary schools library – I took the one I was reading with me everywhere, including to high school to enjoy during allocated reading time. I could escape into a far more interesting, hilarious, adventure filled world, and wouldn’t realise how long I had been reading for until I had to stop (for dinner time at home, or a new lesson in school), and I never got bored of being able to pick up a Bunny vs Monkey title and read.
As a fan of Captain Underpants and Dog Man by Dav Pilkey in primary school, and someone who would take The Phoenix magazine on family picnics (and remain a huge fan of), this series by Jamie Smart allows me to continue enjoying comic books that I find interesting, aimed at my age group, and have fast paced content that stops these comics from becoming dull or repetitive over time. I really like the bold illustrations, and that the layout of these comics aren’t difficult to navigate, and encourages using your own imagination to bring the characters and their adventures to life too.
The Bunny vs Monkey comic books are published by David Fickling Books, and are available to purchase from all good booksellers, as well as being borrowed from your local/school library.
Pocket sized versions of the series have also been published recently, with book one (green) combining book one and two of the series into a compact sized, 256 page book, book two (blue) combines books three and four from the series, and book three (red) combines the adventures found within books five and six of the original publications. This newly published size makes these perfect for taking on trips, sleepovers, and bedtime reading.
Additional titles by Jamie Smart include the Flember and Looshkin series’, which are also perfect for those fans of The Phoenix Magazine, which you can find more information about and subscribe to here – the ideal and incredibly popular magazine to access at home, as well as in school libraries like I myself do.