Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Today Is Monday” as Want to Read:
Today Is Monday
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Today Is Monday

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,751 ratings  ·  195 reviews
String beans, spaghetti, ZOOOOP, roast beef, fresh fish, chicken and ice cream are the delicious fare during the week in this popular children's song. Until Sunday. Then, all the world's children are invited to come together and share in the meal. Celebrated artist Eric Carle brings new energy to these much-loved verses as lively animals parade across the page, munching on ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 4th 1997 by Puffin Books (first published January 1st 1993)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Today Is Monday, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Today Is Monday

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.62  · 
Rating details
 ·  1,751 ratings  ·  195 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Today Is Monday
I don't get this song. I think it's stupid. So does my husband. Whenever we hear it we look at each other like, "What the crap? How is this supposed to help us remember the days of the week?"

This book has illustrations to the dumb song. My kids liked it. Goes to show you how well I can trust their opinions. But that's also why I'm giving it 2 stars instead of 1. Their opinion does matter (even if I don't agree sometimes).

But I won't be checking it out again.
Shawn Deal
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
A cute little story that goes through the days of the week and comes with a song you can play if you can read music. Would work nice in a music class.
Audreona Ferren
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a fun picture book that goes through a sequence of food throughout the week. The animals go from eating string beans to ice cream! The book is full of bright and colorful animals that eat food throughout the week and then join all of the hungry children at the end of the week!

I loved that the book included such bright colors! The pictures will really stand out to young children and catch their attention. I also like that the author used the term "ZOOOOOP" as one of their meals. This is
Snova Pennerman
I Like this book. It helps children to learn the "Days of the Week" in a fun way. ...more
Hannah Melberg
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
Today Is Monday was a very fun and silly book for young children. The author Eric Carle wants children to discover that reading can be fun and silly. This brightly illustrated book takes you through the days of the week and the food that each animal eats. Every page is a new animal like am elephant, snake and monkey. Each animal is eating something different from the rest. At the very end of the book the parrot says "all you hungry children come and eat up." And following that there’s a table f ...more
Jan 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Pretty good Eric Carle title that we have at Yongsan SLP. Not as simple as "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" or as beautiful as "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" but still worthwhile. I'm embarrassed to say I don't understand why the elephant says, "ZOOOOOOOP." Is that just the sound he makes when he slurps soup through his trunk? ...more
Eric Carle is fantastic. But I do much prefer his animal illustrations to his illustrations of people, especially groups of people. Perhaps the style and medium simply lends itself more readily to an iconic single shape than complex scenes with people in them.

I love the cat with the roast beef.

Great cover.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
One of the first (and maybe only) picture books my son wants to read on a daily basis (all day if I'd let him.) He likes that there are cats throughout, though he sometimes things the fox is a cat. Oh well, he's only 14 months so we have time to work on that. I highly recommend it! He LOVES it. I look forward to exploring more of Eric Carle's wonderful world with him. ...more
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-baby-books
My husband and 2 year old daughter really like this book, but I find it frustrating to read to her. It flows in an odd way and what the heck is zoop? Lol. Of course like all Eric Carle books, the pictures are beautiful!
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, read-2013
My kids loved this book. Especially all the big, colorful animals eating different things. I don't think they really cared for the story per se, but they loved the pictures. LOVED. ...more
What can I say? It's Eric Carle!

I picked this up at the library because I wanted art inspiration. I have always thought Mr. Carle's work visually exciting. From the Hungry Caterpillar and Angry Ladybug, I was in awe of the way Eric could make his own prints and cut them into amazing pictures. The other side of that is his books are so much fun to read aloud to kids.

Having had a few accidents where crepe paper got wet and left an interesting stain behind. (Cleaning said stain wasn't fun but I l
Mama Bibliosoph
Today is Monday is fabulous for a child who needs practice sequencing the days of the week. The unmistakable illustrations of Eric Carle are delightful. The text is a very simple cumulative poem (think "The Twelve Days of Christmas"), meaning that each new stanza adds a line to build on what came before. You end up chaining the days of the week backwards because of this poetic structure, which I imagine could be confusing for some kids, but it hasn't been for mine.

The book introduces a series of
Ok so today is really Tuesday but I was drawn into the book cover when I saw it and decided to give it a go. Apparently, there has been a whole generation of kids raised knowing this book and the accompanying song for it. I however was born a decade too early and had never heard of this book before.

Today is Monday is a basic picture book that is supposed to help children with the days of the week while also introducing some foods.

Ok, so I can see where kids might get confused by remembering the
May 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
Vibrant colors and animals catch the eye, but the cover is really the best illustration. The idea is that animals bring various ingredients for a feast, and then a group of children set down to eat.

Veg*n families note: I don't think I'd recommend this title for veg*n families. While there are fun depictions of plant based foods (a porcupine brings green beans impaled on his quills), there is also "roast beef," "fresh fish," and "chicken" brought to this meal. In the latter two, a whole fish is c
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We borrowed this from the local library and it was a total flop in both my and my four-year-old's opinion. My toddler likes cats (although we are a dog household) and loves books (incl. "The Very Hungry Caterpillar", "Brown Bear, Brown Bear", and "The Grouchy Ladybug"), but this one did not resonate. She did not want to read it again. I was relieved as I didn't have much interest in reading it again either. The illustrations are classic Eric Carle though, which is why I bumped up the stars to tw ...more
Nora Manriquez
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is great to teach children about the days of the week. I love how the pictures look. this book might be suitable for 5 year old since there are some scenes that might make younger children unhappy. This book would be great to do for the week, eating the same foods as it is in the book or do something similar to the book. This book would be great to help teachers teach children the days of the week like each day the teacher would read a page like on Monday you would read the Monday page ...more
Emily Au
Nov 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: songs
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You know...I’m not a huge Eric Carle fan. But this book is so wonderful. I think it’s the song you sing as you turn the page that has captured my fancy. My son eagerly awaits the funny word for soup in the middle of the book. He is a riot of laughter. I probably need a hardback copy of this instead of paperback. Make sure your child’s music teacher gets a copy as well. Great teacher Christmas gift.
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This colorful, oversized song book invites preschoolers to recognize and remember animals, favorite foods, and the days of the week all at once. Each page describes a different animal that is eating their favorite food. At the end of the book, a diverse group of children gather around a big table to eat all the different foods mentioned. I love that this book addresses so many different areas of learning, while incorporating multicultural characters.
Michelle (Sherbet Lemon)
Just read this on the perfect day to read it, clearly, on a Monday! (also I picked it up second hand and I think I got a signed copy!)

That aside, clearly this book was not written for me. I think kindergarten or preschool kids might like this, and to learn the accompanying song. It's very repetitive and might be good for learning types of food and the days of the week. As always unique Eric Carle illustrations accompany the book.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids, 2019-summer
I have a kiddo who is very comforted when she sees the order and pattern of things. Having a title or duty for every day that stays constant was right up her alley. She has instituted a few days at our house: taco Tuesday (where nobody is annihilated and we don't always have tacos) popsicle Fridays (I totally lucked out only having to provide popsicles one day a week) and a couple of others. This is a sweet order to things. ...more
Zulaika Hernandez
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story teaches the days of the week by describing a character's meals for each day. The book uses repetition and rhythm to keep the children engaged. We cannot forget the mention of Eric Carle's classic illustrations throughout. My favorite of which is at the end and has a table full of children eating a meal together - all of different races (different color skin and hair) and abilities (one child is in a wheelchair). ...more
Maliha Arman
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ga-pre-k-books
I wish this book had more to it. Its very minimal as far as vocabulary but the illustrations could make up for it. Children could possibly link foods with specific days of the week which will help them remember the song. It is very catchy as far as the different types of foods that are mentioned. I do like how in the end the children come together to eat shows union and family style eating.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: picture-books
Miss 3 wasn't too keen. She prefers Hungry Caterpillar or Brown Bear.

Miss 3 and I like to explore different books and authors at the library, sometimes around particular topics or themes. We try to get different ones out every week or so; it's fun for both of us to have the variety and to look at a mix of new & favourite authors.
Tammy Knowles
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book Today is Monday, by Eric Carle is a book that teaches the days of the week by different
animals. The days of the week are done in repetition. It also displays great illustrations. This book is a great way for students to learn about the days of the week, animals and foods.
Matt Miles
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
No paper with Eric Carle's artwork on it is truly wasted; the imagination and generosity of which more than makes up for any inexplicable aspects concerning the lyrics. I'll take my days of the week with a side of whimsy, thanks. ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
I did not like this book. I don’t even think this is such a good tool to teach children about the days of the week, food and animals. The illustrations were much more likable and inventive than the text itself. And the cover is just plain gorgeous, I’ll say that much.
Caroline Herfindahl
Eric Carle is a master artist and purveyor of childhood whimsy. This day of the week story tells what is eaten each day of the week with the items being compared to animals with similar shapes in the illustrations.
Meg McGregor
Learning the days of the week is an important concept for little ones to master; but not many children's books address this significant area of learning.

This book, gives us the days of the week, in a very fun way; of course, Carle's illustrations, take this book over the top!
Sean Harding
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: carle-eric
Another Eric Carle book this one based on an apparent famous song, which I didn't know.
Anyway not as good as other Carle books, b ut you can't really go far wrong with any Carle book!
Eric Carle #32/89
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Katie Witchley #2 (Tuesday) 1 1 Apr 24, 2013 05:25PM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • I Like Myself!
  • If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
  • Little Excavator
  • If You Take a Mouse to School
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
  • Miss Spider's Tea Party
  • The Pigeon Needs a Bath!
  • Last Stop on Market Street
  • Be You!
  • Hello Hello
  • Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting
  • The Napping House
  • Happy Birthday to You!
  • Big Cat, Little Cat
  • Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?
  • A Color of His Own
  • All Better!
  • David Goes to School
See similar books…
See top shelves…
Eric Carle was a children's book author and illustrator, most famous for his book The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which has been translated into over 30 languages. Since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was published in 1969, Eric Carle illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, most of which he also wrote, and more than 71 million copies of his books have sold around the world.


Related Articles

These twelve books are so consistently adored, they have become regulars month after month in our data of most popular and most read books on...
143 likes · 58 comments