Parents' Guide to

Count the Monkeys

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Zany, interactive tale of trying to find and count monkeys.

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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

This was a library book that we had to purchase. My boys LOVE this book!

This is just a silly book. My boys know there are no monkeys in the book, but they love to see all of the shenanigans!

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Count the Monkeys is a funny, clever picture book that plays with the traditional counting motif by making the story about never finding the animals intended to be counted. Instead, readers get to count all sorts of other creatures and people that have scared off the poor monkeys. It's a silly, zany, and action-packed quest, with lots of mishaps and missteps, culminating in "10 polka-dotted rhinoceroses with bagpipes and bad breath," that's guaranteed to provoke giggles, if not guffaws.

Kids will love the expressive, comical illustrations (including "9 lumberjacks" eating pancakes), and the wacky instructions add a playful interactive element -- as if readers' gestures will truly lead to finding the monkeys.

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