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Two Little Monkeys by [Mem Fox, Jill Barton]

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Fox, Mem

Two Little Monkeys

Illustrated by Jill Barton. 2012. 32pp. $16.99 hc. Beach Lane Books (Simon & Schuster). 978-1-4169-8687-4. Grades PreK-2

Mem Fox has produced another story in rhyme that will encourage language development among even the youngest of readers. With a simple vocabulary and a rhythm similar to Bill Martin’s
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (Simon & Schuster, 1989), Fox unfolds a story of two young monkeys escaping from an unknown predator. They peep through the leaves to watch the prowler. When they see the leopard squatting below their tree, they bravely leap to the next tree to escape. On the final page the leopard lumbers away, uninterested in two little monkeys. The repetition of certain words and phrases contributes to the accessibility of this story, and young children will chime in. Teachers can also discuss how tension builds. Barton’s art captures mischievous grins on the little monkeys, which gives them an anthropomorphic presence. This jaunty adventure must be added to the Fox bibliography. Daniel R. Beach, Teaching Librarian, Concord Elementary School, An International Baccalaureate School, Anderson, South Carolina [Editor’s Note: Available in e-book format.]

Recommended

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Library Media Connection, May/June 2012

“Mem Fox has produced another story in rhyme that will encourage language development among even the youngest of readers…. The repetition of certain words and phrases contributes to the accessibility of this story, and young children will chime in…. Barton’s art captures mischievous grins on the little monkeys, which gives them an anthropomorphic presence. This jaunty adventure must be added to the Fox bibliography.”

Library Media Connection, Recommended

TWO LITTLE MONKEYS [STARRED REVIEW!]
Author: Fox, Mem
Illustrator: Barton, Jill
Irresistible rhythm, adorable monkeys and pitch-perfect rhyme make this a must-have for the preschool set.
“Two little monkeys / playing near a tree, / one named Cheeky, / one named Chee.” With the familiar rhythm of a nursery-school finger game, the text draws children into this story of two little monkeys and their escapades on the plains. Playing among the high grasses and dirt, Cheeky and Chee are frightened by something prowling and take refuge in a nearby tree. Strong verbs like scramble, tremble, peep and leap are easy to decode and understand, allowing young readers to enjoy the pictures or act out the story along with these brave little monkeys. Barton’s soft watercolors, in purple, gray and tan, are both captivating and comforting—never will readers actually fear for Cheeky and Chee’s safety. Hidden in the landscape are hints of the action to come: a tail in the grass or leopard spots in the brush. Gently paced visual and textual narratives (especially when the little monkeys are falling from a tree or running from the predator) make the book ideal for frequent rereading. The easy rhythm and rhyme will allow lap listeners to chant along while they memorize this one.
Look for little humans to add this to their play repertoire.
Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2012 *STARRED

* “Irresistible rhythm, adorable monkeys and pitch-perfect rhyme make this a must-have for the preschool set…. Barton’s soft watercolors, in purple, gray and tan, are both captivating and comforting—never will readers actually fear for Cheeky and Chee’s safety…ideal for frequent rereading. The easy rhythm and rhyme will allow lap listeners to chant along while they memorize this one. Look for little humans to add this to their play repertoire.”

Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2012 *STAR

“This simple, rhythmic book from the creator of the beloved
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (2008) tells a brief tale about monkey buddies Cheeky and Chee, who must escape from a lurking leopard by climbing into a tree…. Soft watercolors show the young monkeys in their leafy environment, with facial expressions and positioning just like those of young kids playing hide-and-seek. With just enough danger to create drama, this isn’t too scary and the resolution is cheery: Cheeky and Chee at last relax among the branches, eating fruit from the sheltering tree.”

Booklist, March 15, 2012


Two Little Monkeys.

Fox, Mem (Author) , Barton, Jill (Illustrator)

May 2012. 32 p. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, hardcover, $16.99. (9781416986874).

This simple, rhythmic book from the creator of the beloved
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (2008) tells a brief tale about monkey buddies Cheeky and Chee, who must escape from a lurking leopard by climbing into a tree. Each step of their journey, from “Two little monkeys run to a tree,” to “Two little monkeys tremble in a tree,” and finally “Two little monkeys leap from a tree!” has the same refrain
identifying the duo: “one named Cheeky, / one named Chee.” This gives the youngest listeners a recurring touchstone, encouraging verbal participation. Soft watercolors show the young monkeys in their leafy environment, with facial expressions and positioning just like those of young kids playing hide-and-seek. With just enough danger to create drama, this isn’t too scary and the resolution is cheery: Cheeky and Chee at last relax among the branches, eating fruit from the sheltering tree.

— Booklist, March 15, 2012

Two Little Monkeys

Mem Fox, illus. by Jill Barton. S&S/Beach Lane, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4169-8687-4

Aping the format of the classic nursery rhyme “Two Little Dickie Birds,” Fox’s variation features two small monkeys “playing near a tree,/ one named Cheeky,/ one named Chee.” The monkeys escape from a prowling animal by climbing up the tree to safety (“Scramble up, Cheeky!/ Scramble up, Chee!/ Scramble up/ that big old tree”). They tremble and hide, but when one of the monkeys peeps out to get a good look at the leopard (“Ooooooh... Scary!”), a near-fall necessitates a jump to a second tree, where the monkeys are finally safe and sound. The repetition, lively meter, and ample drama in Fox’s (Let’s Count Goats!) verse will easily keep young readers’ attention at storytime. Barton’s (The Ring Went Zing!) grey long-limbed monkeys have a decidedly toddlerlike resemblance, their faces readily transmitting their glee and fear at various points in the story. While the delicately detailed watercolor illustrations perhaps do not make the climactic fall/leap as clear as it could be, and the second tree appears out of nowhere, readers will still have a good sense of what’s at stake in this bit of animal-kingdom drama. Ages 4–8.

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Publishers Weekly, March 12, 2012

  “Aping the format of the classic nursery rhyme “Two Little Dickie Birds,” Fox’s variation features two small monkeys “playing near a tree,/ one named Cheeky,/ one named Chee.”… The repetition, lively meter, and ample drama in Fox’s (
Let’s Count Goats!)verse will easily keep young readers’ attention at storytime. Barton’s (The Ring Went Zing!) grey long-limbed monkeys have a decidedly toddlerlike resemblance, their faces readily transmitting their glee and fear at various points in the story…readers will still have a good sense of what’s at stake in this bit of animal-kingdom drama.”

Publishers Weekly, March 12, 2012

FOX, Mem. Two Little Monkeys. illus. by Jill Barton. 32p. CIP. S & S/Beach Lane. 2012. ebook $12.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-3577-3; Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-1-4169-8687-4. LC 2009021995.
PreS-K–This playful picture book told in rhyme invites youngsters to explore language through repetition and active sight clues. Cheeky and Chee are cavorting around a tree when they notice a jaguar prowling in the grass. They scurry up the branches and hide in the leaves, and cleverly find a way to escape the danger. The crisp, succinct text is carefully crafted with a few lines on each page, making it perfect for young audiences with short attention spans. The fresh watercolors predominantly done in light blues, greens, oranges, and browns provide the feel of the savanna on a hot day. The facial expressions on the monkeys radiate happiness through their eyes and mouths, or fear as they hold each other close in the treetop camouflaged from the scary jaguar. Tailor-made for one-on-one reading and group sharing.
SLJ, June 2012

“Fox’s peppy rhyming text propels the story forward; similarly, Barton’s watercolor compositions draw the eye across spreads, keeping pace with the narrative’s infectious energy. The monkeys’ expressions anticipate viewers’ responses to the drama, which has just the right amount of tension for preschoolers. Expect to see lots of Cheekys and Chees monkeying around after story hour.”

Horn Book Magazine, July/August 2012

“This playful picture book told in rhyme invites youngsters to explore language through repetition and active sight clues…. The crisp, succinct text is carefully crafted with a few lines on each page, making it perfect for young audiences with short attention spans. The fresh watercolors predominantly done in light blues, greens, oranges, and browns provide the feel of the savanna on a hot day. The facial expressions on the monkeys radiate happiness through their eyes and mouths, or fear as they hold each other close in the treetop camouflaged from the scary jaguar. Tailor-made for one-on-one reading and group sharing.”

School Library Journal, June 2012

Two Little Monkeys

by Mem Fox; illus. by Jill Barton

Preschool Beach Lane/Simon 32 pp.

5/12 978-1-4169-8687-4 $16.99

e-book ed. 978-1-4424-3577-3 $12.99

Monkey friends Cheeky and Chee are happily playing on the savanna, but “something’s prowling— / what could it be?” Once alerted, they don’t wait to find out (though sharp-eyed viewers might hazard a guess), and off they dash up a “big old tree.” When they feel brave enough, they peep down to check: “Who IS that prowling? / What do you see?” The leopard below looks “Ooooooh… Scary!” to Cheeky and Chee, but Barton’s ground-level illustration of the big cat isn’t very threatening. It
is a little unnerving when one monkey loses her balance and begins to fall; young kids will cheer after Cheeky and Chee both successfully leap to another tree. Barton has her work cut out for her in this book, as most of the scenes feature the identical-looking gray and white monkeys in a tree (trembling, hiding, peeping, etc.). Fox’s peppy rhyming text propels the story forward; similarly, Barton’s watercolor compositions draw the eye across spreads, keeping pace with the narrative’s infectious energy. The monkeys’ expressions anticipate viewers’ responses to the drama, which has just the right amount of tension for preschoolers. Expect to see lots of Cheekys and Chees monkeying around after story hour. kitty flynn

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The Horn Book, July/August 2012

“In this lilting rhyming story, playful monkeys Cheeky and Chee hear something prowling in the tall grass and eventually decide to take cover in the “big old tree” nearby…. The meter of the short lines is catchy, and the simian antics will appeal to youngsters… touches of humor, such as a monkey covering his own eyes to “hide” from the leopard, add cuddly charm. Listeners may appreciate the playful mood of these two little monkeys, and they’ll certainly celebrate a safe escape and a tasty snack.” (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, September 2012)

About the Author

Mem Fox is an educator and international literacy expert, and her many acclaimed picture books for young children include Yoo-Hoo, Ladybug!Hello Baby!Baby BedtimeI’m an Immigrant Too; the bestselling modern classics Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Time for Bed; and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia. Visit her at MemFox.com.

Jill Barton is the illustrator of many books, including Grape Zoo, The Pig in the Pond (which was highly commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award), In the Rain with Baby Duck (which won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award) and Rattletrap Car (which was highly commended for the 2002 Sheffield Children's Book Award.)  Jill is now a grandmother and lives in Devon.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B004V3WSTI
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Beach Lane Books (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 1, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 9950 KB
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
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MEM FOX is the author of many acclaimed books, including Possum Magic, Koala Lou, Time for Bed, and, for adults, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever. She lives in Adelaide, Australia.

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