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Naughty Little Monkeys

by Jim Aylesworth
Illustrated by Henry Cole
(Dutton, 2003)

"Exuberantly naughty monkeys abound in this energetic alphabet book.... Anyone who's ever been naughty will recognize the emotion conveyed on the monkey's little faces as they hide under the covers when their parents get home: being naughty was SO much fun, but now they're a little worried about the consequences. Not to fear, they simply go off to the zoo in the morning, just as young readers go to school." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Aylesworth relates a tale of mischief told through the letters of the alphabet in four lines of rhymed verse....verses are fun and clever... [Cole's illustrations] vividly sets the stage for the expressively animated creatures to wreak havoc. " -- School Library Journal.

"When Mom and Dad head out for their night on the town, will their "angelic" little monkeys behave? Not likely.... These 26 siblings' mischievous lan will doubtless inspire monkeyshines on the part of readers." -- Publisher's Weekly.

"Picture-book author Jim Aylesworth offers two new gems for the read-aloud crowd, ages 4-8. Naughtly Little Monkeys zips through the alphabet as 26 young monkeys misbehave when their parents go out for the evening. ... The pictures match the words accurately and add plenty of humor.." -- From "There's gold for children in our own backyard" by Deborah Abbott. (October 12, 2003) Chicago Sun Times.

"Aylesworth's rhyming text bounces along merrily. A natural for reading aloud to the alphabet set." -- Booklist

" Rhyming words and a naughty deed for every letter of the alphabet make for exciting times! ... This would be a great book for kids in kindergarten through third grade." -- "News & Views: Deb Norman Column: Humor Adds Fun Element to Storybooks." in The Noblesville Ledger.com (October 14, 2003).

"This special review is 'books too good to overlook'" and "What a fun way for little "monkeys" to learn the letters of the alphabet. Parents and children, as they go through the alphabet, can add a few of their own experiences to the list." ­ Judy Belanger in "2003 gift Guide: Books Too Good To Overlook." Chicago Parent.

Naughty Monkeys

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Aylesworth, Jim. Naughty Little Monkeys. Illustrated by Henry Cole . Atheneum, 2003. 32 pages. ISBN: 0525469400.

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