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Monkey and Me Hardcover – March 4, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416954570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416954576
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A little girl and her stuffed animal, a monkey, cavort as she imagines and imitates a series of wild animals. The girl’s actions as she pretends to be each new beast can give rise to a guessing game for children, resolved when a turn of the page shows the actual animal mimicked: “Monkey and me, /  Monkey and me, / Monkey and me, / We went to see, / We went to see some . . . /  ELEPHANTS!” The rhythmic, patterned text reads aloud exceptionally well, though the story’s ending is a bit of a letdown. Still, the spare, expressive pencil drawings are charming, and the restrained use of watercolor washes heightens their effectiveness. This upbeat picture book has great read-aloud potential for responsive listening and extended play in storytimes. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Carolyn Phelan

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"The rhythmic, patterned text reads aloud exceptionally well...the spare, expressive pencil drawings are charming, and the restrained use of watercolor washes heightens their effectiveness. This upbeat picture book has great read-aloud potential for responsive listening and extended play in storytimes."--Booklist

Customer Reviews

My son is 2 years old and he loves this book.
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The idea behind the story, the rhythm of words and simple pictures are just great.
Victoria
The pictures are cute and the story is simple but fun.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Barbara A. Hughes on April 3, 2008
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This is a great children's book for children ages 3-5. The little girl with her monkey imitate what animal they are going to see next at the zoo, and then the reader can guess what animal it will be as they turn the page. The repetitiveness of the verse, Monkey and Me, Monkey and Me bring cadence to the story. The illustrations are simple, but full of action and emotion-just right for kids. This story is great for getting the child to act out the different animals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book for a storytime! I have read it to many groups of 1-5 year olds and have had great success with it. Books that let the child interact or move are always a big hit, and this is a fun one. You have to get the children up on their feet...guessing which animal comes next and then acting out the animal in movement. It's sure to be a hit!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on February 23, 2013
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This was another book we took out from the library so frequently that it became a favourite and must have item. The idea behind the story, the rhythm of words and simple pictures are just great. We love it.
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I have several problems with this book. First, the refrain of "Monkey and me, Monkey and me, Monkey and me" is reminiscent of (but much less satisfying than) Miss Mary Mack. Next, the pacing. Each iteration of "We went to see" precedes a zoo animal on the subsequent two-page spread. Apparently, the reader is to guess which animals come next by looking at the girl and her monkey. The trouble is that the first animal imitated, the penguin, has the least recognizable walk, and therefore any association is unclear from the start. The overly muted watercolors fail to compensate for the substantive failings above. Finally, the girl isn't very cute. Think Darla from Finding Nemo.

Emily Gravett's later work (The Rabbit Problem, Dogs) looks much more promising.
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Format: Hardcover
My daughter is two and she absolutely loves this book. She imitates the animals, just like the little girl in the book, she "reads" each page with a different voice (for example, she does the elephant page in a very low voice), and the book's rhythm and short sentences suit little kids VERY well. The are some details in these "simple" pictures that you don't notice at first (just watch the monkey's face!) -- it takes time to notice it all, and it's fun to watch your kid slowly grasp it all. The fact that it's not very colorful has never been a problem for us, in fact, I actually think that my toddler benefits from concentrating on things other than just color. All in all, I highly recommend this book.
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Format: Hardcover
My 18 month old daughter adores this book. She loves the rhythm when we read it, but also flips through it on her. She giggles and giggles at the kangaroos every time. I bought this book on a whim at Homegoods, very cheap, because we call the little one monkey. It was an excellent purchase. Now I want to go find the Cheerios with the free book to keep in the diaper bag.
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By Kelly on January 29, 2009
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We got it free in Cheerios as well. Unfort. my 21 month old is not quite "mature" enough for normal books, so he shredded it to bits. I kept taping it, but it's just too mangled (it's a lot flimsier than a real book - really more of a booklet or phamplet). Anyway, I just bought him a "real" copy- I know he's going to be so excited. I'll make sure he doesn't kill this one!
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By Simulacrum on July 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Emily Gravett's illustrations are superb.
The book doesn't have a story as such.
My little son hasn't taken to it as he has
to other books like those by Eric Carle.

I also have Gravett's The Odd Egg,
Wolves and Meerkat Mail. Among all
these Meerkat Mail is the best--great
visuals, and lovely story. Orange Pear
Apple Bear is another one that my son
loves! It repeats the four words
magically and the illustrations help
greatly to make the books fascinating.
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Emily Gravett is the author and illustrator of Spells, The Odd Egg, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal), Monkey and Me and Meerkat Mail. Her first book, Wolves, was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration. Her second book, Orange Pear Apple Bear, a Quills Award finalist and on the shortlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal, was a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year and a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. Emily lives in Brighton, England, with her partner, their daughter, and the family dog.

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