"Once there was a boy named Tim who no one believed. When his mom asked him what happened to the last slice of cake, he told her the truth. "It was a ninja," cried Tim. (Picture of the ninja stealing the cake.)
Tim is beset by other visitors who get him in trouble: an astronaut, a giant squid, a pirate, a sunburned crocodile and a time-traveling monkey, but he figures out a way to resolve his difficulties AND get 100 ice creams from his apologetic parents who had doubted him. This lighthearted tale deals beautifully with the collision we all face between dealing with the reality of the time-traveling monkeys in our lives and the consequences of their too frequent visits. I read it this week to my preschool storyhours and it was a major hit, striking a familiar chord with all us three year olds. The artwork is charming too.