Naughty Little Monkeys

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What happens when you leave twenty-six little monkeys home alone? Lots of monkey business, that’s what! The charming chimps in this book, with names and misbehaviors to match each letter of the alphabet, cause all kinds of trouble when Mom and Dad go out. Jim Aylesworth’s rollicking rhyming text and Henry Cole’s irresistibly mischievous monkeys teach thealphabet with unmatched exuberance, from Andy . . . all the way to Zelda!

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Overview

What happens when you leave twenty-six little monkeys home alone? Lots of monkey business, that’s what! The charming chimps in this book, with names and misbehaviors to match each letter of the alphabet, cause all kinds of trouble when Mom and Dad go out. Jim Aylesworth’s rollicking rhyming text and Henry Cole’s irresistibly mischievous monkeys teach thealphabet with unmatched exuberance, from Andy . . . all the way to Zelda!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"These 26 siblings' mischievous elan will doubtless inspire monkeyshines on the part of readers," said PW. Ages 3-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Dressed in a ball gown and tuxedo, Mom and Dad are headed out for the evening. The twenty-six little monkeys are all bedded down for the night. Or are they? Twenty-six should be the first clue, since that is the number of letters in the alphabet. Aylesworth has his naughty crew up to a bunch of tricks and they manage to make a pretty good mess of the house. It starts with one named Andy who flies a folded airplane and then moves to Brooke jumping on her bed. By the time readers get to Ike, food has been spilled and ice cream is dripping on the dining room table. Pete tops it off with a stack of pancakes with syrup dripping all over the kitchen. When Mom and Dad arrive home, these naughty little monkeys are all in bed, but the house is a wreck. The very next day, they all troop off to the zoo. Young listeners and readers will get a bit of a surprise at the way this romp through the alphabet ends. Henry Cole really adds humor to this rhyming text featuring an unconventional family. Furthermore, he extends the alphabet lesson by printing each monkey's name on his or her shirt and the dominate word beginning with the appropriate letter is highlighted in the appropriate stanza. The alphabet is recapped in the final picture. 2003, Dutton, Ages 3 to 7.
—Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Aylesworth relates a tale of mischief told through the letters of the alphabet in four lines of rhymed verse. Twenty-six naughty little monkeys engage in wild antics when their human parents unwisely leave them alone one evening. Andy flies paper airplanes, Brooke jumps on the bed, and Carla eats chocolate cake. Their behavior grows steadily more boisterous as Xavier bangs his xylophone and Yates breaks a street lamp with his yo-yo. The parents arrive home in time to send the monkeys to bed and seemingly threaten to send them away. However, on the last page, the whole family is shown on an outing at the zoo. Many of the verses are fun and clever, but others read awkwardly. The exuberant illustrations override the flaws in the text. On full-page spreads of various rooms in the house, Cole vividly sets the stage for the expressively animated creatures to wreak havoc. While this is not a core title, such as Aylesworth's similarly mischievous Old Black Fly (Holt, 1995) or Eileen Christelow's Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Clarion, 1989), it will provide reading-aloud pleasure.-Rachel G. Payne, New York Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Exuberantly naughty monkeys abound in this energetic alphabet book. The rhyming text begins as the human parents of the 26 young monkeys head out for the evening. Each monkey makes trouble, starting with one tossing a paper airplane, the next jumping on the bed, sneaking chocolate cake, and so on. The words representing the letters of the alphabet (airplane, bed, cake, etc.) are in bold, colored type, helping those just learning their letters. The full-bleed illustrations in deep, vibrant colors are a riotous activity of monkey mischief; the comic rhymes add appropriate narration. Anyone who's ever been naughty will recognize the emotion conveyed on the monkey's little faces as they hide under the covers when their parents get home: being naughty was SO much fun, but now they're a little worried about the consequences. Not to fear, they simply go off to the zoo in the morning, just as young readers go to school. (Picture book. 4-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142405628
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 3/2/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 367,142
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.84 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Aylesworth is the author of more than thirty children's books, including The Burger and the Hot Dog and Old Black Fly, both illustrated by Stephen Gammell.

Henry Cole's many picture books include Can You Make a Piggy Giggle?, by Linda Ashman, and Little Bo, by Julie Andrews.

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  • Posted August 7, 2013

    We got this book from our public library. Absolutely adorable!

    We got this book from our public library.

    Absolutely adorable! The rhyming and how you go through the alphabet and each word go with each letter was great. Me and my son got our chuckles in on this book.

    My son's favorite part was with the letter G and the naughty little monkey was playing with her gum.

    My favorite part was the ending where they all went to the zoo! If you are looking for a book that will get your little ones to giggle and laugh at the monkeys and their behavior then you have to get this book to read.


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  • Posted January 7, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    My 4 year old grandson loved it, asking me to 'read it again.' It's a great story with wonderful illustrations and a great concept book, along with being an ABC book... very cool!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

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    I teach a Pre-K class, and my students all love this book! It has just the right amount of silliness, while still teaching letters and phonemic awareness. By story time the children beg for this book!

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