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Spunky Little Monkey












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:
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 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!

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by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson
Henry Holt, 1997

If you have a basketball lover in the family, this is the book for them. The book opens in the last minute of a girl’s basketball game in which the winner will win the championship. All the dribbles, all the moves and counter moves flash across the page and the Cardinals run neck and neck with the Blue Jays. The score’s 44 to 44, with 16 seconds more to go, who will win? The Blue Jays score, Cardinals call Timeout! They huddle for the play that will win. Cardinals driving in to win, the Blue Jays try to steal, but nothing deters the Cardinals with 3 seconds to go. Faking a pass, they have one second left and must throw. They pivot and toss to the 3-point line, the crowds go wild as the last toss is made. The “Basket ball spins, arching high…Falling now, from the sky… whirling, swirling…SWISH! It’s in!” I’ve never seen a story start so fast and end so furiously. Even readers normally beyond picture books will enjoy the action.

This book is out of print; check your library for a copy.