Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

count the monkeys

Count the Monkeys
Mac Barnett
illustrated by Kevin Cornell
Disney Hyperion Books, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-4231-6065-6
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool
4 Stars

This book is called Count the Monkeys because readers get to count monkeys…or not. One giant king cobra has scared the monkeys away. Then along comes two mongooses (“or is that 2 mongeese”) that have scared away the cobra. And on and on goes the counting. Once we get to the end of the book, there still are no monkeys to count…or are there? The final end pages has a whole bunch of monkeys doing crazy monkey things.

This is a fun counting book. I like how various animals/people are introduced and how there is no sign of monkeys until the end. The illustrations are also very funny. There are clues as to what animals/people scared off what. For example, there is a wolf’s tale on the page where the lumberjacks are. Or a crocodile is walking off on the page where the grizzly bears are. Plus all the animals/people are full of fun details. (Just take a look at each of the queen bees in the five different bee swarms.) And there is a bit of audience participation encouraged (to “help” scare off the various animals so that readers can find the monkeys). I can’t wait to see what kids will do in story time when they are asked to put their arms above their heads or shout out. Seriously, this will be a fun story to read in my next counting story time.

What to do after reading this book:
Count things around the house or neighborhood.
Go to a zoo and count all the animals.
Practice writing numbers. Then practice writing them out (1/one).
Count all the various monkeys at the end of the book.

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