Monkey and Me

by Emily Gravett (Author) Emily Gravett (Illustrator)

Monkey and Me
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Monkey and me,
Monkey and me,
Monkey and me,
We went to see...

A little girl and her toy monkey love imitating different animals, everything from jumping like kangaroos to waddling like penguins! Open this book and play along with them.

Can you guess what animal they are now?

Publishers Weekly

Starred Review
With a lot of imagination and some creative contortions, a little girl pretends that she and her adored stuffed monkey fit right in with tribes of penguins, kangaroos, bats, elephants and... monkeys. A catchy refrain sets up each scenario: Monkey and me, / Monkey and me, / Monkey and me, / We went to see.... Readers can take a moment to guess which species the feisty pigtailed narrator, a Pippi Longstocking in the making, is miming before a turn of the page shows the relevant animals at their antic best. To evoke a mama kangaroo and her joey, for example, the girl stuffs Monkey under her shirt; to become an elephant, she bends at the waist, makes one of her arms a trunk and turns the other into a prehensile tail that pulls Monkey-as-calf behind her. Working in pencil and watercolor, with a palette limited to red, black and brown, Gravett ("Orange Pear Apple Bear") portrays the action in a series of exuberant spot sketches set against a white sweep. This approach not only gives the pictures the momentum and spontaneity of roughed-out animation, it also provides readers with step-by-step instruction for recreating at least some of the fun in their own homes. A final spread has girl and toy going zzzzzzzzbut the game has not ended: a real monkey watches them, a huge and contagious grin on his face. Ages 2-6. "(Mar.)" Copyright 2008 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

School Library Journal

Starred Review
PreS-Gr 1A delightful and energetic story, illustrated in muted reds, soft browns, and pale grays. A child, dressed in rumpled red tights, a gray skirt, and a red-and-white striped T-shirt, plays with her long-limbed stuffed monkey. The repetitive refrain, "Monkey and me, /Monkey and me, /Monkey and me, /We went to see, /We went to see some]" is accompanied by the little girl and her toy imitating five different animals that appear on the following spread. She waddles like a penguin, hops like a kangaroo, hangs upside down like a bat, lumbers along like an elephant, and swings like a monkey, before finally wearing down. The text's buoyancy and changes in font size enhance the visual appeal. Monkey's body language and facial expressions, reminiscent of Pippo in Helen Oxenbury's "Tom and Pippo" stories (S & S), add humor to the sweet tale of a ????child using her imagination in active play. This charming and engaging book will have children repeating the words and anticipating the animals to come. Perfect for one-on-one sharing or with storytime groups."Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI" Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Review quotes

"The rhythmic, patterned text reads aloud exceptionally well...the spare, expressive pencil drawings are charming, and the restrained use of watercolor washes heightens their effectiveness. This upbeat picture book has great read-aloud potential for responsive listening and extended play in storytimes."—Booklist
Emily Gravett
Emily Gravett is the two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal with Wolves and Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears. Her internationally award-winning picture books include Meerkat Mail, Tidy and Old Hat. She has illustrated bestselling fiction, including Matt Haig's Evie and the Animals and and a recent full-colour edition of Quidditch Through the Ages.

Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication date
March 20, 2008
Greenaway Medal
Nominee 2008 - 2008
Indies Choice Book Awards
Honor Book 2009 - 2009
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens
Recommended 2009 - 2009

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