The Book About Tony Chestnut

Laurie Monopoli
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The much-loved children's song, Tony Chestnut , comes to life in an interactive, delightfully illustrated children's picture book with accompanying CD. Tony Chestnut is joined in this story, by a stellar children's cast of characters including Eileen, Neil, Pat, Bob, Russell and Skip, who are all from the hit song.

Join the kids on an encouraging childhood adventure in friendship and quest towards playground unity. Laugh along with the hysterical antics of Tony Chestnut as he anxiously tries to resolve his little sister's true-to-life, social dilemma. The story's compassionate message of friendship, kindness and sympathy speaks to children in a language they can understand, and conveys just the right blend of entertaining, gentle humor with a meaningful, true-to-heart message.

To create the ultimate literary experience, The Book About Tony Chestnut , invites children to actively join-in, participate and connect with the storybook's characters. This comprehensive and multisensory approach to early literacy will help develop youngster's reading skills while simultaneously immersing them in a joyful, memorable and socially meaningful experience. Combine story time with a song that enhances the total experience and watch your children blossom with a joy of reading!

The 48 page picture book is packaged with a CD featuring a soundtrack, and reading by the enchanting British storyteller, Jeanne Bowyer. Listeners are also treated to a second sharing of the story by Tony Chestnut himself, as he makes his debut, storytelling appearance. As an added bonus, included on the CD are thought-provoking questions for interactive discussion and the hit song, Tony Chestnut, which has sparked the making of this book.

Visit and meet Tony Chestnut, Eileen, Neil, Pat, Bob, Russell and Skip, print FREE Tony Chestnut song lyrics with actions, and fun activities that correlate with the song.


When the package of this book promptly arrived in the mail, I told my 6-year-old son it was for him. He eagerly tore open the slim box and pulled out the attractive hard covered book. He was excited to find it also came with a read-along and sing-along CD!

I handed the book to my 9-year-old daughter and told her to read it to her brother. She said the story was cute. The Book About Tony Chestnut is about a shy boy named Tony Chestnut and his sister Eileen who have just moved to a new home and a new school. Tony tries to comfort his sister who is very sad about leaving her old friends. He finally comes up with an inventive way to do so.
My son simply loves listening to the book by following along with the CD. He loves the song and sings it by heart when playing or jumping on the couch (he is quite the acrobat!) and my daughter will chime in too. It’s a catchy tune. The illustrations are adorable. In the middle of the book there are 4 pages that are progressively shorter than the rest, almost like flaps, which we thought were cool.
I enjoy watching my daughter read the book to her brother and then hear them as they get to the singing part and begin singing together. It reflects the theme of brotherly and sisterly affection conveyed so beautifully in this touching story about a boy who overcomes his shyness to comfort his sister.
This book is ideal for pre-schoolers, children going to school for the first time or young kids who have recently moved and want to make new friends.

Reviewed on 07/08/2010 by Member Laura Fabiani

The book about Tony Chestnut. By Laurie Monopoli

Tony Chestnut and his sister Eileen move to a new house and start the first day at their new school. Tony is happy at the thought of making new friends, but Eileen is still sad because she had to say goodbye to her best friends. At Recess all the kids are playing except for Eileen who sits lonely on the playground bench crying. Seeing his sister cry makes Tony sad so he decides to cheer her up. He tries begging her to stop but it does not work. He tries acting like a circus clown and making silly faces but those don’t work either! Eileen just cries harder. Tony decides he must be brave, so he stands up tall, takes a deep breath and starts to sing so loud the whole playground can hear him! As he sings Eileen cheers up and everyone joins in on the fun moves that go along with Tony’s song.

This book is an exciting, colorful, and interactive edition to your children’s library. My daughters absolutely enjoyed it and so did I. The book comes with a CD, so you can follow along to the music after reading Tony’s wonderfully illustrated story! The story itself is an endearing and wholesome story about a kind brother trying to make his sister happy. My daughter asked to take the book to preschool for show and tell so I let her. Her teacher was very happy to read it to the class and they all enjoyed the book and dance tremendously. The moves are very simple and even my two year old can follow along!

I would recommend this book to anyone with children ages 0 -8 years. Of course, if you’re a big kid at heart, you will enjoy it too!

Reviewed on 04/24/2010 by Member Tiffany Schlarman

“Mommy, mommy, look! Toe…Knee…!” These were the words bubbling from my daughters lips when I walked through the door after a long day of work. It was quite obvious that the Tony Chestnut book had arrived in the mail.

Even more exciting was that the words to the song came rushing back to me and it was apparent that I had heard this song before—my daughter sung it at her Pre-school graduation! It dawn on me, “there is a book for it now!”

Lauri Monopoli and Wendy Sefeik have come together to offer a wonderful book – including a CD – to illustrate the well-known and beloved song by The Learning Shop.

This story begins introducing Tony Chestnut and his sister, Eileen. They had just moved to a new house and transferred to their new school.  As Tony thought of making new friends, Eileen experiences sadness and perhaps a bit of loneliness. Tony saves the day with the great song that we all remember! If you have not heard the song…please buy this book and enjoy it for years to come.

Parents/Teachers would find this book/CD combo as an asset to their library.  This book is a great way to open a discussion for children transitioning to a new school and/or city. Even more so, this book will reinforce teaching of parts of the body and various movements for preschoolers and early elementary students.

The pictures are fantastic and clearly display the movements to the song. This would make a great gift book and fit to keep in your child or students book basket.

You must purchase this book/CD combo. 5 Stars! Excellence!

Reviewed on 03/25/2010 by Member Paula Gardner-Porter

Book: The Book About Tony Chestnut
Author: Laurie Monopoli
Illustrator: Wendy Sefcik
Publisher: Don Monopoli/The Learning Station®
ISBN: 978-0-615-31139-5
Pages: 48
Category: Childrens

Tony and Eileen Chestnut are brother and sister and today is their first day at a new school.  While Tony is excited about making new friends, his sister Eileen is sad because she had to leave her best friends when she moved.  On the playground Tony and Eileen sit on the bench as they watch the other children play on the jungle gym, the swings, and with the ball.  Eileen gets really sad and starts crying!  That made Tony sad.     In order to make his sister stop crying – he makes her favorite monkey face.  And she doesn't stop crying.  So, what does he do?  Shy Tony Chestnut stands up on that big yellow bench – and – SINGS!  And everyone stops what they're doing so they can look!  But, it works!  It makes his sister smile!

Tony Chestnut uses the sounds of his name (Toe, Knee, Chest, Nut) to sing this really cool song.  As he starts singing he points to the corresponding body parts.   “Toe Knee Chest Nut Nose Eye Love You Toe Knee Nose...” (pgs 24-26).  The song starts out slowly, in order to get the kids used to pointing to the body parts, and then quickly picks up speed.  It's fun trying to keep up!  This is the cutest song ever!  He includes his sister and his classmates in the words of the silly song.  And, as a bonus, Tony and Eileen become friends with the kids on the playground.  I'm guessing they won't have to sit on the big yellow bench anymore!

Included with the book is a DVD.  The narrator, Jeanne Bowyer, reads the story and sings the song.  Tony Chestnut also reads the story.  Lastly, there are discussion questions.

This song is so original it's crazy!  Who can resist such a catchy song?  And who can stop themselves from dancing to it?  Not this family.  This books allows children to actively participate in the story.  We all love it.  We read it for the first time yesterday, and we're still singing the words today.  My younger daughter said the story was “amazing” and the other described it as “cool”.  I agree.  Apparently this song burst on the scene in 1997, but I hadn't heard of it until I read this book.  Although we were late to this party, I'm glad we came.

Definitely a keeper for the bookshelf.

I received this book free from the author or publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Reviewed on 03/24/2010 by Member Monique Burkes

“The Book About Tony Chestnut” by Laurie Monopoli is a brilliant book that helps young children adjust to a new location. Children often find that a new preschool, school, daycare, or so on can be quite intimidating, this book offers the perfect solution. Not only does it convey a welcoming message the story is rather charming as well.

With adorable illustrations provided by Wendy Sefcik and lyrical content by author Laurie Monopli, “The Book About Tony Chestnut” is a top notch book that all those who work with children should have on hand. As someone who worked with preschool children I would have loved to have this book on hand when a new student arrived. A definite winner in my book. It also comes with a charming cd, featuring the Tony Chestnut song made famous by The Learning Station. Also included on cd is two narrations of this wonderful book, one by Tony Chestnut himself.

Reviewed on 03/10/2010 by Member Angela Simmons

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