The Jolly Mon

Bibliographic Information: Buffett, Jimmy, and Savannah Jane. Buffett. The Jolly Mon. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988

Brief Annotation: The Jolly Mon has the most beautiful voice of anyone in Bananaland.  One day he finds a magic guitar and sails to the other islands to sing for them and make them happy, his ship is attacked by pirates and a mysterious creature comes to his rescue.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 2-5

Readers who will like this: Students who enjoy stories about animals, tropical islands, pirates, and fantasy.

Rating/Response: 4 – This book is beautifully written by songwriter Jimmy Buffet, who collaborated with his daughter to write this book based on his song by the same name.

One question you would ask before a read aloud:  Have you ever owned something that seemed almost magical?

Reading Strategy: Questioning

Rationale for Strategy:  This book gives students the opportunity to ask questions about the events in the book, some are more realistic than others so it will give students an opportunity to distinguish between things that are realistic and fantasy.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr


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