Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed

by Eileen Christelow

Clarion Books—2011 Ages 3-6

“Reading promotion at its best, with a little bit of bad behavior to spice things up.”

— Kirkus Reviews

The Story:

After Mama reads to her five little monkeys, she says, “Lights out! Sweet dreams!” But the monkeys can’t resist reading just one more story. . . and then another . . . and another. They laugh, cry and shriek their way through a pile of sad, scary and silly books. Does Mama ever get her monkeys to sleep? Read the story; you’ll find out! (There’s a surprise ending…)

The Illustrations:

I drew the illustrations on the computer, using a Wacom Intuos tablet and Adobe Photoshop CS4.


I had fun with synonyms with this book. What are synonyms? Words with the same or similar meaning—like cry, sob, bawl and weep. What other synonyms have I used? Read the story.

Some Background:

In 2007, Scholastic Book Club asked me to produce a booklet about the monkeys as a free handout. I created a story about reading. But I had to keep it to 8 pages and there was so much more to tell! So here is the ENTIRE story in 32 pages.

Click on the blackboard for Monkey classroom ideas.

Read my dog, Emma’s, comic interview with the Monkeys!

Download a Five Little Monkeys Activity Kit!

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