Seven Spunky Monkeys

Overview

Monkey mischief abounds in this companion book to One Monkey Too Many. On Sunday, seven spunky monkeys are best friends. On Monday, only six monkeys are left. On Tuesday, five! What's happening to all the monkeys? Are they catching the love bug?

Count down through the days of the week with these funky monkeys—who ultimately learn that when it comes to friends and family, the more monkeys, the merrier!

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Overview

Monkey mischief abounds in this companion book to One Monkey Too Many. On Sunday, seven spunky monkeys are best friends. On Monday, only six monkeys are left. On Tuesday, five! What's happening to all the monkeys? Are they catching the love bug?

Count down through the days of the week with these funky monkeys—who ultimately learn that when it comes to friends and family, the more monkeys, the merrier!

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In rollicking verses that beg to be read aloud, seven monkeys go through the week beginning on Sunday in the park. One monkey stays behind with a magic show. On Monday, on the way home from the beach, another monkey drops out to jive at Monk's Cafe. By Tuesday, five monkeys still claim to be free of the love bug that seems to have bitten the others, but only four leave Miss Monkey's candy store at the zoo. And so it goes through the week, one monkey each day succumbing to affection found at the fair, the gym, the rugby match, until only one is left alone on Saturday night, but not for long. When we see the seven again on a Sunday in the park, they are complete with "seven spunky spouses" and "seven busy babies" all having fun together. Munsinger seems to have a great time with these seven long-tailed simians. Her pen-and-ink lines delineate the range of hyperactive situations while transparent watercolors add eye-appeal without slowing down the action. Emotions are clearly visible, particularly as the love-struck are delighted and the rest are dismayed. Great fun for all. 2005, Harcourt, Ages 3 to 7.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Seven spunky monkeys head out every day for a fun destination. As the week progresses, one by one the animated apes fall prey to cupid's arrows and leave their friends behind. Then one Sunday, after the countdown is over and "the spunky monkey count was absolutely none," the original seven friends show up, with their spouses and babies in tow, for a rollicking romp in the park. The bouncy, rhyming text is accompanied by Munsinger's lively pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations. The monkeys are appropriately attired as they grin, stomp, pout, frown, and show off. More fun than a barrel of monkeys, this book is sure to be a hit with the preschool to early primary-grade crowd.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Koller and Munsinger are up to their monkey tricks again, with the same joyful wordplay and high-spirited artwork they brought to One Monkey Too Many (1999). Here, instead of a growing number of monkeys, they are dropping off, one by one, as the days of the week progress and as members of the tribe find love interests: "The beautiful assistant smiled / and blew a little kiss . . . / and when the monkeys left, / instead of seven, there were six." On down to none by Saturday, yet soon enough the original seven are back together, now with mates and little ones. Though the fun with counting is an added plus, the beauty of this is the harmony of art to word, both of which are delirious and soaring, with great honks of laughter that are music to the ears. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152025199
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 928,199
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

JACKIE FRENCH KOLLER is the award-winning author of numerous picture books and novels for children. She lives in Westfield, Massachusetts. www.jackiefrenchkoller.com

LYNN MUNSINGER is the illustrator of many very popular children's books. She divides her time between Connecticut and Vermont.

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