Spunky Little Monkey & After The Fall – 2 Kid’s Lit Books I Didn’t Enjoy As Much


Goodreads Synopsis: 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!

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In continuation of my goal to curate a library both for myself and for my future children, I picked up this book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards List.

But despite the happy, cute colors this book wasn’t one of my favorites. Overall, even though it’s a short read I found the book to be repetitive and annoying. This is not a book I would enjoy reading to a desperate toddler more than twice. So it doesn’t really fit my requirements for a good kid’s lit book.

I also didn’t like that this book requires the reader and kid to get up and move. When I’m reading a book I want to sit and enjoy it. When I want to exercise or have a kid exercise, then I’d choose a different avenue of encouragement.

Overall I didn’t hate the book, I just found it wasn’t for me. I gave it three stars on Goodreads.


Goodreads Synopsis: Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall—that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

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While this book did make one of criteria, it didn’t really meet the other two and so wasn’t really the book for me.

After The Fall follows Humpty Dumpty as he overcomes his fear of heights. I liked that this book had an actual point, that of overcoming fears. I just felt like the rest of it fell flat. If I didn’t enjoy reading it, would my kids?

While the art looks vivid on the cover, I just didn’t like the overall style or color choice. I felt that it was just mediocre, whereas I like my art to really pop.  I also found that I didn’t like the story, it felt like it was trying too hard to make a point. And at the same time it felt too short, like it skipped to the moral of the story and then was done. I wanted more to the story, and to Humpty’s character.

I get that this is a story for children, so maybe I’m judging it too harshly. But each to their own. I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads.

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