Monkey and Elephant are out and about in their third adventure. You never know what fun surprises you’ll find when you go gadding!
Monkey and Elephant are very good friends, very good friends with nothing on the agenda. So they decide to go gadding. "Gadding?" said Elephant. "What’s that?" "Gadding," said Monkey, "is walking along, looking around, finding something fun, stopping awhile, then moving on." Along the way, Monkey and Elephant meet up with some old friends, and three new ones, too. Beginning readers will love the antics in this cheerful ode to friendship, family, and the joys of serendipity.
Depicted in rich hues of green for Elephant and purple for Monkey, the two friends have a wide range of expressions despite the suitable simplicity of the cartoon illustrations. ... These pals are reminiscent of other endearing friendship pairs such as Frog and Toad and Elephant and Piggie. This sweet, three-chapter offering begs for even more adventures to satisfy newly independent readers.
—School Library Journal
Schaefer’s convivial characters should appeal to emergent readers looking for simple text and low-key plotlines, and Bernstein’s digitally rendered artwork uses a pleasingly unrealistic color palate. ... Give this to graduates of Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie series who are looking for something with a bit more challenging vocabulary.