Chico Bon Bon is a very handy monkey who resides in a tree house. He is never without his tool belt, even while he slumbers. Chico owns the usual tools, like a measuring tape, screwdriver and saw, but he also has the following: "chopper, chippper, bopper, bipper, tacker, clacker, snicker-snacker, nail finder, candy finder, plug wrench, lug wrench, pug wrench, bug wrench, razzler, frazzler, frizzler, twizzler, de-twizzler, lid lifter, pickle picker, jibber, jabber, paper scraper, glitter vac, putty splapper, tail clamp, sponge brush, hook-on-a-stick."
Chico ponders how to rescue Clark, who is wedged in pretty tight. Once he has a plan, he pulls out his tools and gets to work. I won't tell you exactly how Clark is rescued, but it involves atypical tools: a banana cannon and a sticky winch.
Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem is the second book in the now three book series. We have read the first book, Monkey with a Tool Belt, numerous times. We have not yet read the third title, Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Seaside Shenanigans which was just released this past summer. It has the word "shenanigans" in the title, so it has to be amusing.
The boys enjoy this series for several reasons. First, there is a monkey and his name is almost impossible to say and not smile. Try it yourself - "Chico Bon Bon." You're grinning aren't you? Second, the kids are going through a tree house phase. Boy, do they want us to build one. Since that will not be happening any time soon, they have contented themselves repeatedly scrutinizing every room of Chico Bon Bon's tree house. I have to admit, I want that tree house for myself. Our home resembles a hovel compared to Chico's mansion in the sky! Third, we also have a laundry chute, so the kids find it amusing to peer down it and imagine seeing an humongous elephant or other peculiar animals wedged in there. Fourth and most importantly, there are tools. Like Chico, the boys consider themselves to be quite handy. They recite the silly names of the tools and guess their purpose. After reading step-by-step how Chico rescues Clark, they discuss alternative plans and tools that could have been used. Chico Bon Bon, Chico Bon Bon, Chico Bon Bon we love you!