Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed: A Five Little Monkeys Story

Common Sense Media says

Lively monkey sequel promotes reading, bedtime fun.





What parents need to know

Educational value

The story shows kids the bedtime ritual, and the joys of books of all types -- scary, funny, silly, suspenseful.

Positive messages

Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed offers positive messages about the joy of reading.

Positive role models

Characters are simple but relatable, with mischievous monkeys and an engaged, concerned, but playful mama.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed  is the eighth book in the Five Little Monkeys collection. It promotes a love and appreciation for reading (and silliness), but may also encourage staying up late to partake in this pleasure.

What's the story?

Five little monkeys are back, and it's lights-out time again. Only instead of settling in or jumping around, this time they can't stop reading -- silly books, scary books, joke books, any books. Will Mama convince them to put the books away and hit the hay? Will Mama ever get to read any books herself?

Is it any good?


FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS READING IN BED: A FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS STORY shows the monkeys enjoy more intellectual pursuits as they've gotten older and moved beyond just jumping on the bed. But that hasn't slowed them down -- the digital line-and-wash illustrations show the monkeys hooting, hollering, cowering and giggling as they become absorbed in one book after the next. 

With bigger words (and more to read), plus the suspense of scary books and unexpected plot twists, this installment is better for preschoolers who've begun to think about reading themselves. But those preschoolers will find this an exciting presentation of reading from familiar characters as mischievous as ever. Parents interested in fostering a love of the written word will appreciate the showcase of just how rewarding and immersive reading can be (and can get more tips here in a post on "How to Raise a Reader").

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about their favorite books. What are the books you like to read again and again? Why?

  • Why is it a bad idea to stay up late? What happens if we don't get enough sleep?

  • What are the best stories to read before bedtime? Why?

Book details

Author:Eileen Christelow
Illustrator:Eileen Christelow
Topics:Brothers and sisters, Wild animals
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Clarion Books
Publication date:September 13, 2011
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 8
Read aloud:4 - 8
Read alone:6 - 8
Available on:Hardback, iBooks, Kindle, Nook, Paperback

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