Spunky Little Monkey (Hardcover)

By Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Brian Won (Illustrator)

Scholastic Press, 9780545776431, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2017

List Price: 17.99*
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Sleepy little monkey won't get out of bed.

Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said:

"Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Gooseberry Pies --

Monkey needs some exercise!"

Sleepy little monkeys everywhere will clap, stomp, shake, and cheer -- while chanting this rhythmic, energetic dance song based on a popular playground game. And as they move their heads, hands, hips, and feet -- everyone will be bursting with clapping energy -- and ready to start a new day!

With humor, high energy, and Bill Martin Jr's trademark rhythm and rhyme, young readers will learn to name parts of the body. And the book makes a perfect exercise warm-up to start off a busy day of school!

About the Author

Bill Martin Jr (1916 - 2004) was the beloved author of more than 300 books for children including favorite classics such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Visit the Bill Martin Jr Library on the campus of Texas A&M University--Commerce.

Dr. Michael Sampson taught kindergarten through sixth grade before meeting fellow literacy expert, Bill Martin Jr. They established a lifelong friendship and collaborated on countless bestselling books for children, including Chicka, Chicka, 1...2...3 and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You Hear? Dr. Sampson speaks at schools, book festivals, and conferences, where he is known for his high energy, entertaining performances. He is currently Dean of the School of Education at St. Johns University in New York City and lives with his family on Long Island.

You can visit both Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson at: www.billmartinjr.com.

Brian Won was inspired by his own spunky little monkey while illustrating the pictures for this book. He is the co-founder of National Television, a design and animation company. His debut picture book, Hooray for Hat!, was a Childrens Choice Award Finalist and was awarded a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators. A Chicago native, Brian currently lives in Southern California with his wife and their son.

You can visit him at www.brianwon.com.

Praise For Spunky Little Monkey

Praise for Spunky Little Monkey:

"An infectious, rhythmic dancing game, complete with clapping, stomping, and shaking. It's nearly impossible to resist joining in, and possibly even more difficult to get the rhyming song out of one's head once the book is through...With simple, lyrical repetition, this is a fantastic book for young children and one that can easily be adapted for young elementary-age kids." -- School Library Journal

"Will make any fan of the Martin and Sampson books feel at home." -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Lois Ehlert:

"This nonsense verse delights with its deceptively simple narrative and with the repetition of such catchy phrases as 'skit skat skoodle doot.''' -- Publishers Weekly

Praise for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle:

"It's a terrific book for teaching colors and...it's a high-interest, beginning reader with rhythm, repetition, and predictability." -- Booklist

Praise for Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won:

"Won's expressively posed animal figures and the spare narrative are placed on white backgrounds that both brighten the colors and give each scene a clean, spacious look. Moreover, the repeated chorus endows the episode with storytime-friendly rhythm and predictability. A tip of the hat to this buoyant debut." -- Booklist

"The artwork, done in a pastel palette, is appealing and playful, and the heritage of Mary Blair can be seen in the spreads...This lighthearted story revels in the small acts that make life better -- cheers all around." -- Kirkus Reviews