Spunky Little Monkey
Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson, illustrated by Brian Won
Scholastic Press, 2017
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:
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 feet and his hips. When he puts them all together, he feels much better. He gathers together his friends and off they go to play. Perfect book to learn body parts and run off steam. Brian Won illustrates monkey action in a toned down rainbow palette, showing lots of actions; although most kids readers will be dancing, not enjoying the art work!