Meet the Howlers!

Meet the Howlers!

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By: April Pulley Sayre / Illustrated by: Woody Miller

Meet the bad boys and girls of the primate world.

Meet the howlers. These sloppy, loud, and rude rainforest dwellers can be heard from over a mile away and take two to three naps a day. Don’t get too close! The playful primates won’t hesitate to urinate on or near you to mark their territory. Good thing their manners are for monkeys only.

April Pulley Sayre’s playful poem and Woody Miller’s richly comic art bring howler monkeys to life in all their growly, barking glory. Extra facts within the text give readers the lowdown on these loudmouths.

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

April Pulley Sayre, author

April Pulley Sayre has been awakened by hooting howlers on research trips to Panama. She is the award-winning author of more than fifty books for young readers, including Trout Are Made of Trees, Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! and The Bumblebee Queen. In between tropical travels and school visits, April lives in South Bend, Indiana.

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Woody Miller, illustrator

Woody Miller makes his picture book debut with Meet the Howlers! As a child he was a naughty little monkey. Fortunately, he found a creative outlet for his mischief through art. Woody lives in San Mateo, California.

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Awards & Honors:


  • Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Book Award


Editorial Reviews:


Eye-catching artwork, scientific facts, and playful rhymes make a fun combination in this lively picture book that introduces young children to howler monkeys. Dramatic, double-page spreads show the monkeys climbing through their forest habitats, and the mixed-media images in acrylic paint, watercolor, crayon, and colored pencil give the animals an almost strokable texture. One scenario shows tourists rushing away from a forest encounter, and a note explains how the monkeys mark and guard their territory: "Howlers send a special message/Go, go go!" Preschoolers will join in the repeated howler calls ("Woo-hoo-hoo!/Ah-Uh-Oh!"), as well the bouncing rhymes: "Sister never waits/for breakfast, snack, or lunch./She grabs a bunch of leaves/and gobbles—munch, munch, munch!" Many kids will want to hear more about the fascinating, accessible zoological notes, printed in small type on each spread and extended in a final, long section.

School Library Journal

A whimsical introduction to a family of monkeys. Full-bleed spreads show the animals in action, accompanied by a rhyming text in a large font and related facts in a smaller type. The illustrations, done in acrylic, watercolor crayon, and colored pencil and featuring the active animals against backdrops of lush greens, show the Howlers as they fly from broad green-leafed branch to branch, calling out so loudly the males "can be heard a mile away." "Woo-hoo-hoo!/AH-UH-OH!" ties the action together as a refrain. The illustrations support the introductory information about the Howlers, their calls, behavior, diet, and habitat, providing a comfortable slice of life for early literacy presentations. A fact page and map are more complex, yet will enhance a one-on-one experience.

Miami Family Magazine

Award-winning author Sayre introduces her readers to howler monkeys from the rainforests of Central and South America in this playful picture book poem. These noisy animals live together in family groups and travel through the trees, climbing and leaping, even in the rain.

Rhyming verses are printed in a larger font while prose, in smaller print on the same double page spread, supplies additional information about howler monkeys' habitat, diet and behavior. Miller's soft-focus illustrations are done in an almost tactile fuzzy/furry-looking acrylic with watercolor crayon and colored pencil in rainforest shades of green and brown.

The repeating lines of a rhythmic rhyming chorus furnish readers with the howlers' call and an opportunity to howl along: "Woo-hoo-hoo! AH-UH-OH!" This is especially appealing to youngsters and is a careful matching with the active creatures whose energy moves across the pages to the accompanying text (except, of course, the pages where they're sleeping!).

A map and "More about Howler Monkeys" pages are included at the back of this fascinating nonfiction book about a little known mammal.


ISBN: 978-1-57091-733-2

ISBN: 978-1-57091-734-9

E-book PDF
ISBN: 978-1-60734-184-0
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Ages: 3-6
Page count: 32
9 x 9

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