The Mighty Skink

The Mighty Skink

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An intriguing and funny novel set in a safari park about a young monkey's escape to the outside world and the problems he faces more

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  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 127 pages
  • 130 x 210mm | 187g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0192714880
  • 9780192714886

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After a brief fling in the outside world, a captive rhesus monkey concludes that theres no place like home. Kazs settled life in a wildlife parks monkey compound is set on its ear when Skink, a daredevil new monkey, arrives to challenge the well-defined social order, and to offer heterodox versions of the Tales that explain why monkeys should be subservient to humans. Having always wondered what was Out There, Kaz is eager to come along when Skink announces his intent to escape. Thanks to quick thinking and Skinks knowledge of the worldgained, as it turns out, in the circus and before that in the space program!the expedition survives lions, rats, and other hazards, repeatedly makes monkeys of pursuing keepers and other humans, and even takes a joy ride in a stolen car. Ultimately, the fugitives break into a library and learn that there are still places where a monkey can roam free. Off goes Skink to find them, while Kaz returns to the zoo with new plans for social reform once he becomes top monkey. Pranks and narrow squeaks propel the plot at breakneck speed, but since Kaz is an orphan with few friends, readers may find his decision to go back puzzling, and Skinks virulent hatred for humans casts a pall over all the monkeyshines. Still, in his satirical fiction debut, Shipton makes telling points about our lordly attitudes toward animals and nature in general. (Fiction. 10-13) (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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