Good Crooks Book One
by Mary Amato
illustrated by ward Jenkins
Hardcover, 128 pagesPublished February 25th 2014 by Egmont USA
Most kids try to model their behavior after that of their parents, and that is what most parents want. Yet twins Billy and Jillian have a bit of a problem with their parents behavior. They want to fully live up to their last name, Crook. Mom and Dad Crook want the young twins to be expert lock-pickers and pickpockets. The kids want nothing more than to do a good deed for once. As they try to secretly do a community service project at the local zoo their parents discover them and somehow they end up stealing a monkey and taking it home with them. The parents are convinced he can be part of their gang, I mean family. So now they have the chance to do a really good deed by returning the monkey. And how do they convince their parents that the crooked life of a Crook is not for them?
This ridiculous intermediate chapter book is great fun for boys and girls alike. The monkey's antics alone will have them laughing out loud. Kids will get a kick out of reading about parents that want their kids to be bad as it is most likely the opposite of how they are being raised.