Sam is never ready to go to sleep at bedtime. There are always more questions to ask Mama, more books to read . . . not to mention the monkeys Sam s rambunctious trio of toy monkeys would much rather jump on the bed and make up songs about ping pong than go to sleep. Read more...
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Sam is never ready to go to sleep at bedtime. There are always more questions to ask Mama, more books to read . . . not to mention the monkeys Sam s rambunctious trio of toy monkeys would much rather jump on the bed and make up songs about ping pong than go to sleep.
Eventually Sam wants to go to sleep. But how will he ever get the monkeys to settle down?
This story s silly monkey mayhem also includes a calming bedtime routine that really works."
- ISBN-13: 9780399246234
- ISBN-10: 0399246231
- Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
- Publish Date: June 2015
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-7
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-04-27
- Reviewer: Staff
Having explored shyness and insecurity in picture books like Louder, Lili and A Giant Crush, Choldenko turns her attention to a boy whose mind won’t stop racing. After reading a story with Mama, it’s bedtime for Sam, but when she leaves the room, a trio of monkeys spring to life; one is dressed like an organ grinder’s monkey, another wears a leopard-print dress, and the third is a sock monkey. Rowdy shenanigans ensue (“They smash and bash and crash-crash-crash”), as do loud complaints from Mama. In characteristically exaggerated cartoons, Davis (Peanut Butter and Homework) has fun picturing both the rambunctiousness that Sam and the monkeys get up to and the torrent of questions that keep him awake (“Do pirates sleep with their eye patches on?”). The monkeys are basically an externalization of the jitters plaguing Sam, and Choldenko’s buzzy narration itself quiets as Sam uses breathing techniques and reads to the monkeys on his way to falling asleep—self-calming techniques that many readers may find helpful themselves. Ages 3–5. Author’s agent: Elizabeth Harding, Curtis Brown. (June)