This book brings the important issue of wild animal poaching and primate incarceration to an impressionable audience. I’m not convinced it really succeeds, despite the Newbery award. It’s written for young readers – mid elementary school – and at an easy level. Too easy, I think. I think it both scares kids and minimizes how truly awful life has been for isolated animals in cages. I hope it will encourage kids to see how they might be able to live more compassionately.