by Timothy Roland
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
On a field trip to the science museum, overactive Clyde discovers and eats a banana, but he doesn’t realize it’s been tampered with and now when he gets excited, he not only acts like a monkey, but he actually turns into a monkey. His twin sister, Claudia, always “the twin with brains,” helps him discover what happened and they help catch a thief. It’s a ridiculous scenario that will resonate with overactive kids, and shows how their behavior can be an asset and not just an annoyance. It’s told half in narrative (when he’s a boy), half in comic strip format (when he’s a monkey), which really works for the story. (My library shelves this one in our grades 1-3 section.) This is the first book in a series.