Spunky Little Monkey

by Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Illustrated By Brian Won

Scholastic Press
January 2017

Ages 3 – 5 . Grades PreK – Kindergarten

Library of Congress: 2016009946

Lexile measure: AD230L

DRA: 16

Guided Reading: I

Sleepy little monkey won't get out of bed.
Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said:
"Apple Juice, Orange Juice, Gooseberry Pies --
Monkey needs some exercise!"

Sleepy little monkeys everywhere will clap, stomp, shake, and cheer -- while chanting this rhythmic, energetic dance song based on a popular playground game. And as they move their heads, hands, hips, and feet -- everyone will be bursting with clapping energy -- and ready to start a new day!

With humor, high energy, and Bill Martin Jr's trademark rhythm and rhyme, young readers will learn to name parts of the body. And the book makes a perfect exercise warm-up to start off a busy day of school!
Michael Sampson

Dr. Michael Sampson taught kindergarten through sixth grade before meeting fellow literacy expert, Bill Martin Jr. They established a lifelong friendship and collaborated on countless bestselling books for children, including Chicka, Chicka, 1...2...3 and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You Hear? Dr. Sampson speaks at schools, book festivals, and conferences, where he is known for his high energy, entertaining performances. He is currently Dean of the School of Education at St. Johns University in New York City and lives with his family on Long Island.
You can visit both Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson at:
Bill Martin Jr.

Bill Martin Jr (1916 - 2004) was the beloved author of more than 300 books for children including favorite classics such as Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? Visit the Bill Martin Jr Library on the campus of Texas A&M University--Commerce.
Brian Won

Brian Won is an illustrator and art director. His debut picture book, Hooray for Hat!, was a Children's Choice Award Finalist and an NPR Best Book. A Chicago native, Brian currently lives in Southern California with his wife and their son. You can visit him online at


  • Praise for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Lois Ehlert:

    "This nonsense verse delights with its deceptively simple narrative and with the repetition of such catchy phrases as 'skit skat skoodle doot.'' --Publishers Weekly

    Praise for Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr, illustrated by Eric Carle:

    "It's a terrific book for teaching colors's a high-interest, beginning reader with rhythm, repetition, and predictability." --Booklist

    Praise for Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won:

    "Won's expressively posed animal figures and the spare narrative are placed on white backgrounds that both brighten the colors and give each scene a clean, spacious look. Moreover, the repeated chorus endows the episode with storytime-friendly rhythm and predictability. A tip of the hat to this buoyant debut." --Booklist

    "The artwork, done in a pastel palette, is appealing and playful, and the heritage of Mary Blair can be seen in the spreads...This lighthearted story revels in the small acts that make life better -- cheers all around." --Kirkus Reviews



ISBN: 9780545776431

32pp. | 10 x 10