Book Review: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, by Al Perkins

Book Review: Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, by Al Perkins, illustrated by Eric Gurney

By Anne Angstadt

What could be more ridiculous than a monkey parade? Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb is still one of my toddler son’s favorite books.  He has loved this quirky book since he was a baby. Maybe it’s the poetic repetition of rhyming words or the silly pictures.  The whole book is about monkeys drumming on drums. As the book moves along, more and more monkeys join the drumming fun and form a parade.

"Millions of fingers!

Millions of thumbs!

Millions of monkeys

Drumming on drums!"

At the end of the book all the monkeys disperse leaving the head monkey who started the commotion. He drums quieter and quieter until there is silence.

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb is available on eRead Kids as an eBook. Toddlers will giggle gleefully as they listen to this silly book. They will want to hear it read over and over. Beginning readers will also enjoy this comical book. The simple repetitive text makes it easy to read and the humorous pictures will keep them interested.

Borrow this amusing book tonight and have fun monkeying around!