A very clever monkey escapes a zoo and has some silly 'adventures'.
A smart monkey imitates the zookeeper and uses a key to escape his pen. He runs about imitating a variety things he sees. He even imitates a teacher writing math equations on a chalk board. His adventures are silly, and devoid of meaning. The rhymes are awkward to read and are too simple for the story. The illustrations are rather lifeless.
Franny is stubborn about her hair, until a bird taking residence in it brings her lots of attention.
Strange hair is a problem, especially when a bird nests in it. At first Franny seems independently interested in keeping her hair messy, regardless of the opinions of others, but then a bird takes up residence. The new twist, and the attention the bird garners, generates a (false) pride in Franny, so any theme of independence has been nullified. Her resolution to cut her hair to give the bird nesting material is no improvement.
Even the author deems this a story —with mice as people, that uses a housecat as King Kong, and serial punning as humor— as "terribly silly".
Pilkey proves puns are the lowest form of humor; the best-> Kat Kong teeters atop a sky scraper. Mouse Captain Charles Limburger flies by in a biplane holding a red package. Kat leans over to see the package, falls to the pavement and dies. The chief of police, thinking pretty Rosie (Kong's pretty captive mouse) had unbalanced him, presumed, "beauty killed the beast." But, Dr. Varmint realized, "It was curiosity. Curiosity killed the cat!" Sigh!
Computer technician Fred learns that technology cannot provide a solution to the problems of farming.
Fred tries to apply technological know-how to build automatic animal feeders, water dispensers, milkers, egg collectors etc., even his own solar and wind power sources. We are shown one failure after another as proof that technology can't do it! The message in this book would return us to 24/7 subsistence farming. VM suspects this book was printed using computer controlled printing machinery, was transported by high tech shipping systems, and is purchasable over the Internet.