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PreSchool-Grade 2–In this rollicking counting book, 10 little chimps sneak out of their tree house to go dancing at Mambo Jambas, where a pig band plays music all night long. One by one, each monkey jives with a different jungle animal, and a rhythmic verse describes that particular creatures style (Rhino hustles in/just to prove hes got the groove./Shake it, Rhino! Shake it, boy!/Lets see that body move). Meanwhile, the remaining siblings boogie to the repeated refrain (ee-ee-/oo-oo-/ah-ah-ah!/9 little chimps do the/cha-cha-cha). The rhymes roll easily off the tongue, making the text fun to read aloud. However, there is no indication–either verbal or visual–of where each chimp goes as the book counts down from 10 to 1, but they all reappear at the end when Mama Chimp arrives to take them home. Once they are tucked in bed, she calls a babysitter so that she can put on her own dancing shoes. Done in watercolor and pencil, the illustrations are bright and lively, and each chimp is clothed in a unique and colorful outfit. The jungle animals are also fabulously costumed. All in all, the cha-cha-cha chant and upbeat artwork make this book a good storytime addition.–Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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PreS-K. "Deep in the forest in the dim moonlight, / ten little chimps sneak out for the night. / Wearing shiny shoes and their boogie-woogie pants, / they go to Mambo Jamba's where they dance, dance, dance." With wild abandon, the 10 chimps cha-cha-cha to the music of the three-pigs band while other forest animals join in a lively chimp countdown from 10 to 1. Hippo "starts to hokey-poke"; "Giraffe does the tango"; and the meerkat "macarenas to a funky Latin beat." Then Mama Chimp sends her babes home for the night, making way for a clever surprise ending that keeps them toe-tappin' happy. Taylor's cartoonlike watercolor-and-pencil illustrations display the same sprightly spirit, bright colors, and energy as the pictures in Eileen Christelow's Five Little Monkeys books. Don't expect kids to sit still for this; they'll be groovin' to the catchy rhyme and movin' to their own cheerful beat. Julie Cummins
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416995749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416995746
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Julia Durango writes books for kids of all ages, including The Second Guard (Disney Hyperion 2015) and The Leveller (HarperTeen 2015). She lives with her family in Ottawa, Illinois. Read more about her at JuliaDurango.com.

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My 6 & 9 year old boys both love this.
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My kids love this book and it is fun for me to read over and over!
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It has great rhythm and very cute illustrations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AdeeG on April 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
We adore this book! My almost [...] wants to read it everyday. We never read it just once. She loves the illustrations and the rhymes. I can't say enough about how great this book is. Even our 4 month old responds to it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Beaty on September 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
CHA CHA CHIMPS is monkey business at its best! The cha cha rhythm and rolicking rhyme make Julia Durango's text dance off the pages. Eleanor Taylor's light and lively illustrations are the perfect compliment! A joy!
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Cha Cha Chimps is such a fun book to read. It has great rhythm and very cute illustrations. Our 2 year old has fun chanting the recurring phrase that is on each page and trying to figure out where the missing monkey is, as we countdown from 10 to 1. Our 5 year old has a great time practicing the various dance moves that are mentioned. By the end of the story, the monkeys all wind up in bed but this isn't your typical bedtime read and after we are finished with the book, our girls always want to get up and dance a quick, little jig.
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By jlopez on January 20, 2013
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My son loves this book. Everytime we go to the library we had to get it. So this past Christmas I ordered it. It said it would be a few days after Christmas, but it made it with 2 days to spare, so Santa got to deliver the book to a very excited little boy. Thanks for the fast shipment and wonderful product!
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I first used this book in my special ed. pre-k class and they loved it. It was one of the few books they would sit still for. Now I read it to my toddlers and they love it too. I enjoy reading it, which I think is an important factor in establishing a consistent reading routine with your children.
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By Jan Thomas on March 3, 2009
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I read this book to kindergarten and first grade kids, and they always request for me to read it again. And, I don't mind at all. Love to read this book! My own children find it amusing, too. Wonderful beat!
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By zmusicgal on October 2, 2011
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The only thing that was the drawback on this purchase was the length of time that it took to arrive. It seemed to be slower than some other things that I have purchased. Otherwise, it was fine.
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By Amazon Customer on September 18, 2013
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My son has been obsessed with this book for about 3 months now. He is almost one. I can make him laugh just about anytime no matter what by making the monkey sounds from this book!
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