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Putting the Monkeys to Bed

Gennifer Choldenko, Jack E. Davis (Illustrator)


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A hilarious story that shows kids that they can get themselves to sleep at bedtime! 

Sam is never ready to go to sleep at bedtime. There are always more questions to ask Mama, more books to read . . . not to mention the monkeys! Sam’s rambunctious trio of toy monkeys would much rather jump on the bed and make up songs about ping pong than go to sleep.

Eventually Sam wants to go to sleep. But how will he ever get the monkeys to settle down?

This story’s silly monkey mayhem also includes a calming bedtime routine that really works.

Praise For Putting the Monkeys to Bed

 “Busy cartoon art full of overstimulating detail vibrates with energy, allowing readers to absorb what it might feel like to be the freckle-faced, fuzzy-haired protagonist, whose ‘brain is buzzing’ . . . . A comical yet realistic look at bedtime for those who sometimes struggle with it.”—The Horn Book
“Choldenko’s story is funny. . . perfectly capturing Sam’s wandering mind. The illustrations are fun, with bold movement lines indicating a chaotic and hectic bedtime frenzy, and monkeys that just won’t quit.”—School Library Journal

"Choldenko’s buzzy narration itself quiets as Sam uses breathing techniques and reads to the monkeys on his way to falling asleep—self-calming techniques that many readers may find helpful themselves.”—Publishers Weekly

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399246234, 32pp.

Publication Date: June 9, 2015

About the Author

Gennifer Choldenko is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor Award-winning author of ten children's books, including Notes From a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, No Passengers Beyond this Point, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, and Al Capone Does My Homework. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Jack E. Davis was senior art director with a large ad agency before becoming a children's book illustrator.