This book is called Count the Monkeys because readers get to count monkeys…or not. One giant king cobra has scared the monkeys away. Then along comesThis book is called Count the Monkeys because readers get to count monkeys…or not. One giant king cobra has scared the monkeys away. Then along comes two mongooses (“or is that 2 mongeese”) that have scared away the cobra. And on and on goes the counting. Once we get to the end of the book, there still are no monkeys to count…or are there? The final end pages has a whole bunch of monkeys doing crazy monkey things.
This is a fun counting book. I like how various animals/people are introduced and how there is no sign of monkeys until the end. The illustrations are also very funny. There are clues as to what animals/people scared off what. For example, there is a wolf’s tale on the page where the lumberjacks are. Or a crocodile is walking off on the page where the grizzly bears are. Plus all the animals/people are full of fun details. (Just take a look at each of the queen bees in the five different bee swarms.) And there is a bit of audience participation encouraged (to “help” scare off the various animals so that readers can find the monkeys). I can’t wait to see what kids will do in story time when they are asked to put their arms above their heads or shout out. Seriously, this will be a fun story to read in my next counting story time....more
Yeah, what librarian (Mrs. Dewey) would leave Curious George in charge of the library for a few hours? With only the curious monkey to help people finYeah, what librarian (Mrs. Dewey) would leave Curious George in charge of the library for a few hours? With only the curious monkey to help people find books, there is sure to be trouble. Funny story...unless you are me. I just think it odd that any librarian (and I know a few) would leave a library and the patrons who are looking for things all alone. Odd. But kids will like it. And at least it does teach a bit about the Dewey Decimal System...although it is like you get hit over the head with it....more
I mostly love this book. It's about two monkeys who get away from a large spotted cat. I like the rhymes. I like the illustrations. I just don't likeI mostly love this book. It's about two monkeys who get away from a large spotted cat. I like the rhymes. I like the illustrations. I just don't like how there isn't an overall picture of when the monkeys jump to safety over the big cat. Because I can't see this picture it just doesn't make sense as to why one jump would save them. Did they jump far enough the cat couldn't see them? Did they jump to another tree over a cliff? Why does the one jump save their lives? And what kind of spotted cat is it? I don't think it is a leopard...since they climb trees. Like I said, I mostly love it....more