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Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants by J.D. Lester

Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants (2009)

by J.D. Lester

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Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants is a short and sweet story about a variety of mother and child relationships. Its bookended by a human parent and child (who wears pajamas with monkeys on the pants, hence the book title), and is populated in between with ladybugs, peacocks, rhinoceros, and so forth. Each mother in the parent-child dyad has a special pet name for her offspring based on a telling characteristic (e.g., "Mommy calls me Peekaboo ... her bouncy baby roo," says the kangaroo joey). Throughout the book, affection is the abundantly clear theme. The book also offers children a number of rhyming types, an expanding vocabulary, and colorful illustrations. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Aug 30, 2015 |
Lester, J.D. (2009). Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants. New York: Random House.


Mommy Calls Me Monkeypants is a boardbook that shares the various nicknames, inspired by many animals that a mother has given to her daughter.

While this book is certainly cute and would lend itself to naming various types of animals, the lack of a father figure is noticeable.

While the child and mother are shown at the beginning and end of the story, children from various background should have an equal chance of relating to the story because throughout most of the story, the parent and child figures appear as animals (But the gender of both the parent and child are confirmed by the text).

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This is a good mother-child read aloud. After reading it, a parent could tell a story of how the child gained some of his or her nicknames.

This book could also be used to help teach a young toddler to name the various animals incorporated into the illustrations.

Since the book includes the phrase "Mommy calls me..." multiple times, a toddler could help the parent "read" the book.

Favorite Quotes:

“Mommy call me Monkeypants...just why I do not know."

"Mommy calls me Splishy-splash....'cause we play in a puddle."

"Mommy calls me Funny Face...and look-she has one, too!"
  SJKessel | Sep 7, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037584502X, Board book)

This endearing book captures the sweetness and fun of mother and child interaction with a clever, funny text and illustrations that are right on the mark. J. D. Lester’s funny nicknames come to life with Hiroe Nakata’s endearing, colorful artwork, resulting in a board book that is sweet, adorable, and fun—perfect for all new mommies and their babies to share.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:22 -0400)

A funny nickname is given to a lively young boy as he plays with his mother.

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