Monkey Monkey Monkey by Cathy MacLennan (and Other Monkey Books)

This is Jane:Jane peeking through gate

She likes monkeys.

After reading Hug and Little Gorilla (yes, I know, they aren’t actually monkeys) 7,000 times we got a copy of Caps For Sale and read it 200,000 times. Then I got smart and asked my local librarian to help find some monkey books.

Sock Monkeys Do The Monkey Monkey sounds intriguing and Jane loved it. The problem is that it’s sock monkeys doing the hokey pokey. No offense to William B Windburn because his sock monkey photos are great, I just happen to hate the hokey pokey.

We both were satisfied with Busy Monkeys but it’s a two word a page board book which turns into a parental bored book awful quickly.

Then Monkey Monkey Monkey showed up.

She loved it.

The other girls liked it.

The illustrations are super cute.

I have never said nor heard the word monkey so often in my life.

It’s catchy.

It rings in your head after you are done.

I put it on the pile to return to the library.

I took it off and kept it an extra week.

I debated but put it on the pile the next week.

I debated more and took it back off.

I debated more and put it back on.

The kids took it off and we read it again.

Everyone wandered off saying “Monkey wants some monkey nuts. Monkey, monkey, monkey nuts.”

I decided we were all going insane, put it at the bottom of the pile and threw it in the book return as soon as possible.

Would I recommend it? If you’ve got a monkey loving child and a high tolerance for the word monkey it’s mostly perfect.

These are by no means all of the monkey books we’ve read in the last few weeks. Curious George has been a regular as well as a few terrible books I shall not mention here and many that had monkeys featuring as minor characters.

Any other favorite monkey (or gorilla she doesn’t seem to be too picky) books you can recommend?

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5 comments on “Monkey Monkey Monkey by Cathy MacLennan (and Other Monkey Books)

  1. Becky says:

    She….is ADORABLE! 🙂 Isn’t it interesting what little kids will attach themselves to? I have to say, I’m glad neither one of my kids decided to fixate on monkey’s – not really one of my favorite animals. That would have been a tough read for me 🙂 But…it sounds like your family has been having a very entertaining summer! I love your posts – they always make me smile!

  2. inyo25 says:

    I never understood how you could recite a children’s book cover to cover. I can’t remember the lyrics to my favorite song. Then I spent 3 hours with the girls and read Monkey,Monkey Monkey approximately 3,752,379 times. And yesterday I recited several pages to a co-worker (like you perhaps she wonders why I did that…I have no explanation) and now understand.

    • Jessie says:

      He, he, he! Some books just get stuck in your brain and NEED to come out whether anyone wants to hear them or not.
      On the plus side if some sort of apocalypse happens tomorrow I have a whole slew of children’s books stuck on repeat in my brain I can re-write and preserve for those of us who survive! 🙂

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