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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Series: A Five Little Monkeys Story
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (April 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618040323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618040322
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-When five bored little monkeys complain of nothing to do, their mother gladly enlists their help in getting ready for Grandma's visit. In a great scurry, they clean their room, scrub the bathroom, beat the rug, and pick berries for dessert. Unfortunately, when they turn to readying themselves, they undo all their good work and muss and muddy the entire house. Wordless final pictures show them cleaning again. This is Christelow's fourth book about these little monkeys, and it's not quite as much fun as the author's earlier efforts, no doubt because of the "housework is never done" subject matter. The ink-and-wash cartoon illustrations, however, are lively and offer much that will amuse, such as each little monkey pointing in blame at another. This book can be enjoyed one-on-one or at story hour, and all who read it will gain more appreciation for whoever does the cleaning at home.
Meg Stackpole, Rye Free Reading Room, NY
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Ages 4^-6. Christelow's five little monkeys make a return appearance, this time to prepare for their Grandma Bessie's visit. When the quintet complain they are bored, Mother has them straighten their room. That task finished, they're bored again, so they're told to clean the bathroom and then pick berries. (Wouldn't most little monkeys stop complaining about being bored at this point?) The monkeys are so dirty that Mother tells them to clean themselves up. In the process, they track up the house, mess up the bathroom, and fling clothes out of their closet as they dress, throwing the house into utter disarray. No wonder Grandma Bessie blinks when Mother tells how they've spent the whole day cleaning. This is pure silliness--just the kind kids like. The monkeys are suitably active, and their mess-making skills, as demonstrated in the watercolor art, are impressive, with clothes scattered everywhere and dirty water overflowing the tub. Perhaps not as noteworthy as the earlier books, but still plenty of fun. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Eileen Christelow has created numerous fun and funny picture books, including the Five Little Monkeys series, Author, and most recently, Letters from a Desperate Dog. She and her husband, Ahren, live in Vermont. For more information visit www.christelow.com.

Customer Reviews

Five Little Monkeys are my favorite kids' book.
J. Kahil
I now most people will not read Shakespeare, Poe, Keller or Rowling like I do, but I also love reading her children’s books.
Bobby Jeromin
Everytime I visit them, they get their little books out and sit in my lap to read them with me.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Malecha on June 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
I love reading this book to my 2 year old daughter. She runs around chanting about the 5 monkeys. I first learned of them from my daycare provider, and came to amazon.com to find them. Thank you
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Boris Bangemann on February 6, 2003
Format: Board book
This book threw me into a laughing fit when I read it to Max in the children's books section of one of the large bookshops in Singapore (the perfect refuge on week-ends during the rainy winter season). Max is two and a half years old, and he is very tolerant of his dad's monkeying around. To judge by the looks I got when I guffawed, it seems that most parents regard reading children's books as a serious matter.
Anyway, kids have a great sense of humor, and they will enjoy it when you chuckle while reading this book to them. The little monkeys of the title are five clumsy but well-intentioned, lovable creatures that mess up the house while trying to please their mom. That is probably what happens to many two or three-year-olds who hope to do the right thing and end up spilling the milk when they try to assist mom. Enthusiasm combined with clumsiness can produce some rather chaotic results. "Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do" teaches parents and kids to see the funny side in such mishaps.
Recommended for parents and children alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette M. Stevens on March 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
We loved it. I ended up getting almost all of them. We had already purchased some of the books in the series from Amazon. They were so enjoyable that I went ahead and purchased the last one. Thank you!!
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Format: School & Library Binding
It's the summer holidays and the five little monkeys are bored. Just as in our house, if that word is spoken, there is always something to do! Grandma Bessie is coming for lunch so it is time to tidy up. First the five little monkeys "tidy" their bedroom, then the bathroom. The house is looking good so they head outside to pick berries. Guess what? They get a little dirty? Guess what happens next? They have to clean up and change their clothes once they have walked the dirt in which is this case is berry juice.

Out they go to meet Grandmas Bessie who is so looking forward to seeing the clean house! Uh Oh! Who could have made all that mess?

Ever happen in your house? It does in ours! Kids easily relate to this story as it is SO realistic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Slott on July 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
My 2 1/2-year-old son loves this book, and all the other "Five Little Monkeys" books.
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Format: Paperback
Ellen Christelow, Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do (Clarion, 1996)

Third entry in Christelow's wildly successful series has the Monkey family getting ready for Grandma Bessie's arrival. Each time the FLM say they're bored, mama gives them something else to do to get ready for Bessie's arrival. All well and good, until mama puts one request in just the wrong order... another entry where Christelow abandoned the rhyme scheme of the other books, which does each a service when it happens. Another fun entry in the series. *** ½
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By Bobby Jeromin on May 15, 2014
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Any book you get for your child is a good book.

I have a degree in English and happen to be a very big advocate for reading to infants. I now most people will not read Shakespeare, Poe, Keller or Rowling like I do, but I also love reading her children’s books.

I have all the Monkey books for Azalea and she loves them. I find the pictures keep her interest as I read. She is always going for the Monkey books when she wants to be read to.

Highly recommended…
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Format: School & Library Binding
We picked this book up from our local library.

Yet here we are again with another funny monkey book. I really liked this one as it gave me ideas to use to get my son to do some chores. Being a parent I hear the "I have nothing to do" a lot especially during the summer when he is use to school. So reading this book I was like hmmm gonna have to try something like this the next time I hear those words. All the hard work the monkeys do only to end up back where they were at the beginning I can see why momma monkey needs help! Messy little monkeys. K's favorite part was the ending where all their hard work was a disaster.
A repetitive book that is a great read for all and the illustrations are awesome.
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