Count the Monkeys

Count the Monkeys

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Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages. Full of fun reader interactions and keeps readers guessing until the very last page! Matching Mac Barnett's brilliant wit are Kevin Cornell's luminous illustrations, which will have young readers begging to count the monkeys all over again.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 254 x 256.54 x 12.7mm | 408.23g
  • Disney Book Publishing Inc.
  • Disney Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 1423160657
  • 9781423160656
  • 173,527

Review quote

Barnett is back with a zany interactive counting book that's sure to tickle youngsters' funny bones. The text starts on the title page with the words: "Hey kids! Time to count the monkeys all you have to do is turn the page ." But on the first page, one king cobra has scared them off. Next, two mongooses frighten off the cobra, and so on, with ever-increasing numbers of wacky animals and people until "10 polka-dotted rhinoceroses with bagpipes and bad breath" are called upon to get rid of 9 lumberjacks and the book runs out of pages, leaving 0 monkeys. Don't despair, because the final page turn reveals a huge number of monkeys filling up the endpapers. Cornell's full-bleed cartoon artwork featuring mongooses wearing numbered racing tops, crocodiles with top hats and canes, and an assortment of lumberjacks in plaid tops sporting a variety of mustaches and beards is a perfect fit for Barnett's chatty, tongue-in-cheek tone. Cornell packs the pages with oversize characters and plenty of color, all on a green backdrop reminiscent of the jungle from the initial endpaper. The story unfolds in an almost cinematic style that will have young listeners impatiently turning the pages. Barnett's Chloe and the Lion (Hyperion, 2012) broke into metafiction, making it more accessible to older readers. This title is more straightforward and will appeal to fans of What to Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot (Dial, 2012) and other interactive books. Sure to be a hit, even if those elusive monkeys are rather difficult to count when they finally make an appearance. Amy Lilien-Harper, The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT SLJ"
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About Mac Barnett

Mac Barnett is ONE man who has written THIRTEEN books, including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, Mustache!, Chloe and the Lion and the New York Times best-selling, Boston Globe Horn Book Award-winning Extra Yarn. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Mac lives in the EIGHTH largest city of THIRTY-FIRST state, which is Oakland, California. Visit him a MILLION times at Despite having dedicated half his life to drawing monkeys, this is the first time Philadelphia illustrator Kevin Cornell has drawn ones not made of socks. To see other non-sock animals Kevin has drawn, check out The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin, and Mustache! by Mac Barnett. Visit to explain to him that mustaches are not animals.
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Rating details

3,103 ratings
4.18 out of 5 stars
5 46% (1,433)
4 33% (1,025)
3 15% (477)
2 4% (128)
1 1% (40)
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