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Spunky Little Monkey

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  829 ratings  ·  189 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 --
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.
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
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
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
Such a fun book to use in a group setting , you can have them do the motions with you.
Westminster Library
It is hard to get up in the morning sometimes...even if you're a spunky little monkey. Never fear, exercise is the order of the day and this book leads us through a variety of exercises that will have little ones and their caretakers clapping, stomping and shaking. Both authors are literacy experts and it shows in the pacing, rhymes and overall feel of the book. This is definitely a must have in one's storytime repertoire.

Find Spunky Little Monkey at Westminster Public Library today
Laura McLoughlin
Very cute and fun. Featured in a dance themed story time I attended with my 2 year old!
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
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Monkey and movement requests
Recommended to June by: Shelley
Cute, fun, simple picture book of a Monkey who has trouble getting out of bed. When Mama calls the Doctor, he says Monkey needs some exercise.
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.
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!
YES. Impossible to read silently. Impossible to read without bopping your head or twitching the booty. New storytime classic.
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.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrensbooks
Fun, interactive, destined to be a favorite read aloud.
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
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 ...more
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
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
Suzanne Kunz Williams
A super cheerful and brightly colored book on using our bodies to make music.

* Talking Points: Do you feel happier with music in the morning? What type of music do you like in the morning? What type of music do you like in the evening? Is it the same or different? Why?

** Essential Oil Pairing Tip: Try diffusing 2 drops of doTERRA's Peppermint essential oil and 2 drops Wild Orange. It's the perfect pick me up to your day. You can also put a drop of each in the palms of your hands, rub them
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
I've used this book as a warm up for my book bop dance party and when I did an impromptu music appreciation story time (the scheduled performer was a no show!). It's upbeat and fun, particularly if you're warming up for more movement. I think Dance by Matthew van Fleet scratches the same itch and has better rhyming text, but since it's a moving parts book it's less accessible in libraries (i.e. likely to be reference). This book is a good sub in a pinch.
Laura Giessler
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 ...more
Caroline Herfindahl
Bill Martin Jr. is masterful when it comes to using movement and rhythm and unique sound words. Just like he did in Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Spunky Little Monkey is full of words that are fun to say and read and create a fun rhythm that makes this a delight to read aloud and will get kids moving and having fun with language. Michael Sampson's adorable monkey illustrations add to the text in delightful ways.
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Spunky Little Monkey picture book is a movement picture book with a beat. There are actions for head, hands, feet, and hips. Most of the book has the pages set in the traditional left to right (horizontal) layout. A couple pages have text from top to bottom (vertical layout). If you're sharing it with a group, just be prepared for changing your hold on the book.

Reviewed from a library copy.

2020 storytime theme: Book Boogie Dance
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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