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As soon as they say good night to Mama, the five little monkeys start to jump on their bed. But trouble lies ahead as, one by one, they fall off and hurt themselves.


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As soon as they say good night to Mama, the five little monkeys start to jump on their bed. But trouble lies ahead as, one by one, they fall off and hurt themselves.

30 review for Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed: Recommended for classic children's picture books

  1. 4 out of 5

    James

    Review 4+ of 5 stars to Eileen Christelow's children's story Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, one of a bunch in a series about little monkeys and their crazy antics. This wonderful little book wasn't published until I was around ten years old, but I still read it one summer in a reading contest held at my library every year. I was so excited to pick out new books... sometimes children's books meant for kids younger than me, sometimes books meant for older kids... and by 12, I w Review 4+ of 5 stars to Eileen Christelow's children's story Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, one of a bunch in a series about little monkeys and their crazy antics. This wonderful little book wasn't published until I was around ten years old, but I still read it one summer in a reading contest held at my library every year. I was so excited to pick out new books... sometimes children's books meant for kids younger than me, sometimes books meant for older kids... and by 12, I was reading the Scarpetta series about serial killers. What eclectic taste even at a young age! Who would not adore these monkeys? I remember being called a little monkey when I was a youngin'. And I call my cousin's and friend's kids little monkeys now whenever I'm around them. But this one was the best in the series, at least in my opinion... they were jumping on a bed. And Momma Monkey just couldn't control them... but when they got hurt, they learned their lessons. It's books like this that help make or break a child's interest in reading. If you take the time and read the story over and over again... kids learn what it means to tell a story, to write a rhyme, to sing along, to behave, to listen, to see what happens in a book series over the course of a character's journey... and this one is all about the numbers... and the countdown... 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1. Where'd all my monkeys go???? Writing this review makes me smile... I might have to go to the library this weekend just to re-read a copy of this one again. :) About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. [polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erth

    Love these books

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mortisha Cassavetes

    Every child I know can sing this little rhyme. This edition is a little board book that I picked up for the kids. They will enjoy it and be singing this for days. I recommend it for the old and young alike.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lina

    Not a fan of this book. It has never made sense to me why the same thing keeps happening even after a doctor has ordered it to stop multiple times. Or even just common sense? I guess they are monkeys... I will still read it to my children because it’s an easy read but... we will have a chat about learning from our mistakes every time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    This is one of my favorite children's book of all time. It's just so readable, so funny, and so perfectly illustrated. Oddly, it was never read to me as a child, but read by my mother to her grandchildren. I loved listening in though because, in the book, what Mama does when she finally gets all her children in bed results, every time, in howls of laughter from all parties. Just one small problem: the result of the five little monkeys jumping on the bed is basically the same, absolutely repetiti This is one of my favorite children's book of all time. It's just so readable, so funny, and so perfectly illustrated. Oddly, it was never read to me as a child, but read by my mother to her grandchildren. I loved listening in though because, in the book, what Mama does when she finally gets all her children in bed results, every time, in howls of laughter from all parties. Just one small problem: the result of the five little monkeys jumping on the bed is basically the same, absolutely repetitive. I'd have had a different thing happen and then I'd have extended the story: a favorite toy (plus some backstory) is destroyed and the toy can't be enjoyed unless one has the use of all fingers, so for a month or so the little monkey can't enjoy said toy. Just add a little variety. Maybe I should do a fan fiction version. Still, endlessly entertaining. I can pick it up and read it and feel good instantly: a quick happy hour martini-read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Crunden

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Danette

    We always end up having a discussion on the monkeys NOT obeying their mama. 3/25/17 Read with Naomi & Julia.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melissa iorio

    OMG!! This book just showed up on my home feed as a recommendation. How could I possibly have forgotten the million times I read this with my daughters when they were still little ones. My precious and beautiful daughters and I read this all. The. Time. And they made me laugh & smile more than any other book ever did. We adored this and read it out loud with such fun. I'm totally crying as I've been going down memory lane for months, trying to come to grips with the fact that they're grown and a OMG!! This book just showed up on my home feed as a recommendation. How could I possibly have forgotten the million times I read this with my daughters when they were still little ones. My precious and beautiful daughters and I read this all. The. Time. And they made me laugh & smile more than any other book ever did. We adored this and read it out loud with such fun. I'm totally crying as I've been going down memory lane for months, trying to come to grips with the fact that they're grown and almost ready to move on into this great big world, so I highly, highly recommend any and every parent to grab this book, cuddle up with your kids and create some of the best and most memorable times reading together. I know above I said "how could I have forgotten about this book", but life's been throwing an onslaught of hardship my way and I'm not handling looking at all the pics of my girls when they were still so tiny, very well. I never knew anyone could possibly cry so many tears. I forgot due to time and circumstances....this book is unforgettable so don't wait, don't put it off, embrace your babies and hold on tight for as long as you can. This book is very short, yet full of laughter and fun which then becomes a stronger bond, together time with love and beautiful memories. You will not tire of reading this one over and over again. Wow, seeing this out of nowhere is proof that a book can turn agonizing tears from one situation into smiles from this memory. Go buy it and have fun!!! :')

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chelsie Morrison

    I can still hear the singing rhyme of the Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed as sung by my mother when I was a little Girl. Eileen Christelow brings this rhyme to life in the picture book retelling of this classic story. Five little monkeys climb into bed after saying goodnight to their mother. Not quite ready to fall asleep, the five monkeys jump on the bed until "one fell off and bumped his head." The monkeys' doctor leaves them with the instruction: "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" A I can still hear the singing rhyme of the Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed as sung by my mother when I was a little Girl. Eileen Christelow brings this rhyme to life in the picture book retelling of this classic story. Five little monkeys climb into bed after saying goodnight to their mother. Not quite ready to fall asleep, the five monkeys jump on the bed until "one fell off and bumped his head." The monkeys' doctor leaves them with the instruction: "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" Alas, these troublesome monkeys fail to follow directions until all five have fallen off the bed. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed is a fun, read-aloud book to initiate and promote counting in young children. This book would be great for preschool-kindergarten age children as five is a very small number and is easy to count on fingers. Not only can the children initially count the five monkeys, but can later learn to count backwards (5 monkeys, then 4 monkeys...) from five as well, gaining a better understanding of mathematical concepts. I could also see this book being used to teach music or language concepts such as rhyme and rhythm. Christelow's colored pencil illustrations are light and playful and help to bring the text to life. Each monkey has great facial expressions and they never distract from the story being told.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    This is a very cute, sing-song kind of book, one of a series of "Five Little Monkeys". It's funny, because I remember the counting song we used to sing in high school, "There were five in the bed and the little one said, 'Roll over, roll over.' So they all rolled over and one fell out, he hit the floor and his guts fell out. Please remember, to tie a knot in your pyjamas. Single beds are only made for four in the bed and the little one said..." and so on. This isn't the same song, obviously. It This is a very cute, sing-song kind of book, one of a series of "Five Little Monkeys". It's funny, because I remember the counting song we used to sing in high school, "There were five in the bed and the little one said, 'Roll over, roll over.' So they all rolled over and one fell out, he hit the floor and his guts fell out. Please remember, to tie a knot in your pyjamas. Single beds are only made for four in the bed and the little one said..." and so on. This isn't the same song, obviously. It starts out with a bedtime routine (bath, pyjamas, brushing teeth, saying goodnight to Mama), then they all jump on the bed, one falls out and bumps his head. The mama calls the doctor and the doctor says, "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" And it repeats until they've all fallen off the bed. I love the illustrations too, they're more detailed than what's on the cover. You can have some fun with this one, and I wouldn't mind getting some of the other Five Little Monkeys books, too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    Obviously perfect for toddlers

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexandria

    The fun of "Five Little Monkeys" is the way it rhymes and the sing-song nature of it. This particular retelling loses a lot of that fun, interrupting the flow of the sing-song for interjected comments from Momma. I imagine this could have been done well but in this case it cause a lot of stumbling when the book was read aloud. It's not a terrible book but it's not the version of the sing-song that I would opt to read aloud, given a few options. The fun of "Five Little Monkeys" is the way it rhymes and the sing-song nature of it. This particular retelling loses a lot of that fun, interrupting the flow of the sing-song for interjected comments from Momma. I imagine this could have been done well but in this case it cause a lot of stumbling when the book was read aloud. It's not a terrible book but it's not the version of the sing-song that I would opt to read aloud, given a few options.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gracie Simundson

    This is a very fun read for children with the use of rhyming words and repeating words. Children can sing along the book making it very engaging for them. This book could be used in the classroom to teach number concepts like counting down 5,4,3,2 and 1. It also help the kids to listen before they get hurt which is shown throughout the story because by the end all of the monkeys have gotten hurt. This is a great short story that has been a classic for many years.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kellee Moye

    I’m learning every day—here’s some resources that helped me learn: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/... https://crazyquiltedi.blog/2019/08/19... https://crazyquiltedi.blog/2019/12/05... https://crazyquiltedi.blog/2018/07/20... “Regardless of the creator’s intent, there are social, cultural and political forces that shape the messages we find in books.” -Edith Campbell Thank you, Edi! I’m learning every day—here’s some resources that helped me learn: http://pancocojams.blogspot.com/2014/... https://crazyquiltedi.blog/2019/08/19... https://crazyquiltedi.blog/2019/12/05... https://crazyquiltedi.blog/2018/07/20... “Regardless of the creator’s intent, there are social, cultural and political forces that shape the messages we find in books.” -Edith Campbell Thank you, Edi!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Riley

    This book will always be a classic to me. It is a light-hearted book that is good for nearly any age. This book would be beneficial in earlier classrooms. It is a whimsical tale that can get any child laughing at the monkeys. It also impromptus a lesson at the end which is good for children reading. It gives them a take-away.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Leila

    This book is very engaging for young children because they sing along the book. it teaches number concepts,to count down 5,4,3,2 and 1. It also help the kids to listen before they get hurt.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maliha Arman

    This is a classic book that is designed to match a nursery rhyme. Children can learn repetition from this book because it repeats what the mother says and what the doctor says. Finally, it teachers math, safety and sequencing.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kim Cesario

    All time fav my son loves this book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mort

    Book helps with math

  20. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    I read this book at least 5x a day with my pediatric patients. It’s a great distraction from the not so fun stuff sometimes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This is such a cute book to go along with the song! We checked this book out from the library, and Fiona really enjoyed this one.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jinya Situ

    I like this book.this book is talk about it is time for five little monkeys go to bed but they have trouble one by one , after they got hurt ,they finally all fall asleep and the mother monkey can took a break and sleep too. The young children may respond like that “when the monkey mother called the doctor ,and the doctor say no more monkey jumping on bed “. Children will say no more monkey jumping on bed.when I read this book for young children when monkey get hurt ,I will ask children what mon I like this book.this book is talk about it is time for five little monkeys go to bed but they have trouble one by one , after they got hurt ,they finally all fall asleep and the mother monkey can took a break and sleep too. The young children may respond like that “when the monkey mother called the doctor ,and the doctor say no more monkey jumping on bed “. Children will say no more monkey jumping on bed.when I read this book for young children when monkey get hurt ,I will ask children what monkeys should do ?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    Text-to-Teaching I would use this book for a teaching book. I would say that I would use this book for teaching because it can be used to help the students count to the number 5. I think that this book would also teach the children how to follow directions. I would have an activity where we would have five students acting out the book. But it would almost be like duck duck goose. I think that the children would love that.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy Dinoff

    1. Awards the book has received (if any): IRA/CBC Children’s Choice 2. Appropriate grade level(s): Pre-school to grade 1 3. Original 3-line summary: Five little monkeys get ready for bed and say goodnight to their mom. As soon as their mom leaves, the five little monkeys start jumping on the beds and falling off one after the other. Mama monkey addresses the situation by consulting the doctor, taking care of their wounds, and saying "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" 4. Original 3-line review: T 1. Awards the book has received (if any): IRA/CBC Children’s Choice 2. Appropriate grade level(s): Pre-school to grade 1 3. Original 3-line summary: Five little monkeys get ready for bed and say goodnight to their mom. As soon as their mom leaves, the five little monkeys start jumping on the beds and falling off one after the other. Mama monkey addresses the situation by consulting the doctor, taking care of their wounds, and saying "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" 4. Original 3-line review: This song book has adorable animations and is super interactive for children. Children can follow along with the repetition as well as doing creative gestures that follow along with the words in the story such as shaking their head and wagging their finger for the line "no more monkeys jumping on the bed!" It's a silly book that children will love! 5. 2-3 possible in-class uses: Teaching children the concept of repetition as well as rhythm, practicing gestures while reading at the same time to work on fine motor skills

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Award: Grade:Toddler Summary: Five little monkeys want to jump on the bed. But, Mama tells them not to. It's time to go to sleep. Review: This is one of my favorites. I use it in my toddler room all the time. It's a favorite for the kids. Uses: •Teach about monkeys •Teach about listening •Teach book concepts Award: Grade:Toddler Summary: Five little monkeys want to jump on the bed. But, Mama tells them not to. It's time to go to sleep. Review: This is one of my favorites. I use it in my toddler room all the time. It's a favorite for the kids. Uses: •Teach about monkeys •Teach about listening •Teach book concepts

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Fun to read or sing along with kids. Yes, it is the nursery rhyme from when I was a kid 60 years ago.

  27. 5 out of 5

    June

    A regular go to book for monkey and sick story times. Then everyone sings the song afterwards. (SLB Great Big Hits or Literacy in Motion or Wee Sing Children's Songs for Lap Time.) The classic song in picture book format with a surprise twist at the end. (One parent gaffawed.) 2/1/12 Used in Lap Time and PJ Story Time and it was a huge hit at both. 12/22/14 Used in lap time and all the grown-ups joined in. Got another guffaw from a caregiver at the ending. (Don't use song on 1 Elephant) 12/8/14 Used A regular go to book for monkey and sick story times. Then everyone sings the song afterwards. (SLB Great Big Hits or Literacy in Motion or Wee Sing Children's Songs for Lap Time.) The classic song in picture book format with a surprise twist at the end. (One parent gaffawed.) 2/1/12 Used in Lap Time and PJ Story Time and it was a huge hit at both. 12/22/14 Used in lap time and all the grown-ups joined in. Got another guffaw from a caregiver at the ending. (Don't use song on 1 Elephant) 12/8/14 Used for monkey story time and we did it as a participation story time. Hopefully, we didn't disturb the whole library. (used the song on Literacy in Motion CD after both created huge excitement and joyful participation - maybe do as last book...) Used in both Baby/Toddler, Read in and Family story times. One little girl requested it after I read it to have her grandma? read it to her again.

  28. 5 out of 5

    K.C. Hilton

    Oh, this was so cute! I loved this when I was a kid and wanted to share it with my grandchildren. I even went as far as buying the five monkeys plush toy set. The set included five monkeys (with numbers on each shirt), a bed (complete with a blanket and pillow), a mama monkey and a doctor monkey, all dressed appropriately. I enjoyed this so much and it goes well with the plush toy set, that I purchased a total of four books and four plush toy sets. It's fun, cute and encourages children to want Oh, this was so cute! I loved this when I was a kid and wanted to share it with my grandchildren. I even went as far as buying the five monkeys plush toy set. The set included five monkeys (with numbers on each shirt), a bed (complete with a blanket and pillow), a mama monkey and a doctor monkey, all dressed appropriately. I enjoyed this so much and it goes well with the plush toy set, that I purchased a total of four books and four plush toy sets. It's fun, cute and encourages children to want to learn to count.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clare

    Five little monkeys jumping on the bed is an appropriate cross curricular book for EYFS, SEN, EAL and lower ks1. The book is about five little monkeys jumping on the bed; one by one they fall off and bump their heads. The book uses humour, repetition and rhyme to engage the reader. The simplicity and repetition makes this a fantastic book for early mathematics learners as well as a possible starting point for poem writing and learning how to use rhyme. The animation supports the literature making Five little monkeys jumping on the bed is an appropriate cross curricular book for EYFS, SEN, EAL and lower ks1. The book is about five little monkeys jumping on the bed; one by one they fall off and bump their heads. The book uses humour, repetition and rhyme to engage the reader. The simplicity and repetition makes this a fantastic book for early mathematics learners as well as a possible starting point for poem writing and learning how to use rhyme. The animation supports the literature making it an appropriate book for EAL.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    At first this one elicited from my toddler a resounding "no" accompanied by a vigorous head shake and a forced closure of the book mid sentence, but after a few tries, it's become a new favorite. Depending on his mood, he will sometimes act out the books "no"'s with a head shake and finger wag and reach for his head (or mine or my husband's) when the monkeys bump their head. Such a fun book for us right now! At first this one elicited from my toddler a resounding "no" accompanied by a vigorous head shake and a forced closure of the book mid sentence, but after a few tries, it's become a new favorite. Depending on his mood, he will sometimes act out the books "no"'s with a head shake and finger wag and reach for his head (or mine or my husband's) when the monkeys bump their head. Such a fun book for us right now!

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