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Spunky Little Monkey

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  691 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
Sleepy little monkey won't get out of bed.
Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said:
"Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Gooseberry Pies --
Monkey needs some exercise!"

Sleepy little monkeys everywhere will clap, stomp, shake, and cheer -- while chanting this rhythmic, energetic dance song based on a popular playground game. And as they move their heads, hands, hips, and feet -- ev
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Scholastic Press
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David Schaafsma
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picturebooks
Each year my family reads all the Goodreads-award-nominated picture books, and we have been doing this for years. Everyone rates each book and adds a comment and it may (or may not) affect my overall rating. This is book #3 of 2017.

Tara: 2 stars. I liked the variation on "Mama called the doctor," but that was it.
Harry (12): 2 stars. I like how he creates a band.
Hank (11): 2.5 stars. I didn't like how it repeated things over and over, but I liked the art, and I got the rhythm.
Lyra (10): 2 stars.
This book, by the brilliant team behind several children's classics, combines two amazing playground rhymes into a book-chant that I am COMPLETELY going to put in my storytimes for the next year. We'll all get up and move and get ready to play together. It's brilliant.

Highly recommend looking up a video of a child doing this rhyme if you didn't grow up with it, because "Let's get the rhythm of the head, DING DONG," should sound right to those who know it from playground clapping games.
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great for movement -- and a great wiggle book for storytime!!
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book. I love the idea of this book. And I love the idea of reading this book in story time. Such happiness. :)
Preschoolers and older readers will relish this fun read aloud intended to encourage audience participation. For those who prefer quieter days and quieter students, it won't be the right choice. But if you want to get your students revved up and ready to move, it will do the trick. When Mama Monkey can't get her little one out of bed, the doctor suggests a lot of exercise, and then everything starts to move. As the action starts, there will be movement of the head, the hands, the feet, and even ...more
Michelle MacQueen
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A fun book to energize any young reader.

Monkey doesn't want to get out of bed. He's like just about every child (and adult) in the morning. But waking up is important so his mom calls the doctor to figure out what to do. He has just the thing. This starts him off on a chant of sorts with instructions along the way. The monkey has to do things like clap his hands, stomp his feet, and shake - all in the name of exercise.
This book is fantastic because it gets the kids involved in more than just li
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such a fun book to use in a group setting , you can have them do the motions with you.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't care for this one much. I feel like it could be fun in a storytime setting, or with a large group of kids who all could mimic the actions of the monkey, but just as a story to read to one, or read solo, I didn't care for it.
Melissa McAlvey
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, picture-books
everyone liked this book. Norah loves books that are easy to memorize so she can "Read" them to herself later and this works well for that. cute and catchy
Becky B
Monkey gets out of bed with some rhythm to help him wake up and be ready to tackle the day.

A great active read for spunky little monkeys out there. Kids will quickly catch onto the pattern of the story and can do the actions along with monkey. The vibrant illustrations are a sure win with the target age group.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Clever rhyme to get children to move and exercise.
A fun audience participation book that will get everyone up and dancing during Storytime.

Monkey feels a little sick, so the Doctor prescribes some exercise!

Vibrant digital illustrations. Great read aloud for Toddlers and PreK.
Look forward to trying this one out with the toddler storytime crowd. A great invitation for movement!
Kelly Carey
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This book would make a great read-aloud for younger children, especially PreK and toddlers. The words encourage audience participation and movement.
Anna Maria Gonzalez
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mo-bb-2017
Energetic. Will keep kids moving.
YES. Impossible to read silently. Impossible to read without bopping your head or twitching the booty. New storytime classic.
Matthew Hunter
Dec 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Let me get this straight. Spunky Little Monkey’s primary purpose is to walk kids through a daily exercise routine, and to encourage kids to develop healthy body-moving habits. If that’s the case, I’m all for the message! Where cynicism spikes for me is in the choice of medium. Do you really need a 32-page hardcover children’s book to encourage kids to jump around every once in awhile? Of course not. Basically, Spunky Little Monkey rehashes an idea of Bill Martin Jr. who died in 2004, provides di ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bill Martin Jr (of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?) does it again with a new interactive book for spunky toddlers. Spunky Little Monkey is all about rhythm and rhyme, exercise and fun, and getting the body started in the morning.

Little Monkey has difficulty waking and the doctor prescribes exercise:
Rutabaga, Rutabaga
Sis! Boom! Bah!
POP UP, Monkey!
Rah! Rah! RAH!

Through a rhythmic, energetic, dancing song, monkey finds the rhythm in his head, then he finds the rhythm in his hands, then his
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Martin, Bill Jr. and Sampson, Michael Spunky Little Monkey illustrated by Brian Won. PICTURE BOOK. Scholastic Press (Scholastic), 2017 $17.99.

Little Monkey is very tired and won't get out of bed. Mama calls the doctor and a fun-filled singing rhyme ensues. This story is similar in the beginning to Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. It teaches and allows the children to follow along with a great rhythm set to actions. By the end of the story Monkey is wide awake and ready to play. It is a pe
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sleepy monkey needs some energy! What better way to get energy than to get MOVING?!

If you need to wake up your kiddos, then bust out this book. Though it is a chant more than a story, students will enjoy moving with the spunky little monkey. No sitting down to listen to this one!

The illustrations are bright and silly and go well with the text. Each body part is clearly shown moving on its featured page (head moving side to side, hands clapping, etc). This allows students to easily 'predict' what
A Allen
Dec 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was written by the same pair that wrote "Chicka Chicka 1, 2, 3" and it simply wasn't for me. Honestly, it didn't make sense to me. Is the monkey sick? Why else would the mom call the doctor? Why would dancing around make him feel better if he is sick? There is a note at the end from Michael Sampson about the importance of daily exercise, which I completely agree is important. I just think the book might've made more sense if he visited the doctor for a checkup instead of his mom calling the ...more
Laura G
A rhyming, rhythmic chant, much like Five Little Monkeys. Encourages readers to get up and moving. With multiple re-reads, emergent readers will be able to read this book on their own, as Michael Sampson describes in his note in the back. The text may sound familiar--it is a "modified version of the popular children's clapping game called 'Down Down Baby'", and I have heard parts at high school football games ("So let's get the rhythm of the hands--clap clap. Now let's get the rhythm of the feet ...more
Tyler Jones
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not entirely sure what the story is here - author credit goes to Bill Martin Jr. (who died thirteen years ago) and Michael Sampson. I guess it was unfinished at Martin's death. Anyhoo... This looks like a fun one for story times, with a bouncy, musical rhythm not unlike Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Should be good for getting the little tykes up and moving around. I'll let you know how it goes.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
A twist on the classic "momma called the doctor and the doctor said" Little Monkey does not want to get out of bed so the doctor prescribes him to get up and exercise! Little monkey gets up and shows how to do the rhythm of the dance while rhyming words express the intent of the pictures.

This would be good for a unit on exercise.

It would also be good for a unit on rhyming words.

It could also be used for a unit on music or dancing.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Absolutely love the story this book offers. Storytime will be a blast with this one, for sure. Great word repetition and rhythm that begs to be share aloud and repeated over and over again. The illustrations, though cute and nice colors, I did not find engaging. I do love how the book has to be turned at times for a vertical spread rather than a horizontal spread. Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson always offer great choices that students will love.
Tahlor Kimble
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very fun and enjoyable book that gives kids a chance to move along to the dance moves in the story. I like this book a lot because when you are teaching children they get very fidgety and antsy. This story can give children a break from sitting down and give them time for a little bit of fun. This book is very short but definitely a way for kids to get some energy out throughout the day.
Amy Oberts
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story starts with the familiar refrain of "Five Little Monkeys," but then it transforms into an innovative and engaging read-aloud. It's a "new favorite" I plan to use again and again with young audiences! This story is the perfect selection for readers looking for books related to "movement" and/or exercise.
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I loved the rhythm of Spunky Little Monkey! It's a real mixture of the songs Five Little Monkeys and Dr. Knickerbocker, Number Nine. I have enjoyed it many times with my Story Time and Music and Movement crowds at the library. With a little improvisation you can even set most of the book to the melody of the Five Little Monkeys song! Lots of wiggly fun for ages 2 - 6.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite "stretch" book. Too fun to ding-dong, clap clap, stomp stomp, shake shake. In the book, monkey is waking up to face the day but this fun, rhythmic stretch can be used at any time of day!
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Bill Martin, Jr. (1916-2004) was an elementary-school principal, teacher, writer, and poet. His more than 300 books, among them the bestselling classics Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See; Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear; Panda Bear Panda Bear What Do You See; and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, are a testament to his ability to speak directly to children. Martin held a doctoral degree in early ...more