Caps For Sale

My contribution to Monkey Monday: Caps For Sale, “a tale of a peddler, some monkeys, and their monkey business”.
Caps For Sale The story was originally written in 1938, but it was still in circulation in the late 70s, at which time a preschool me found it and read it dozens of times. I liked the story, mostly because of the mischievous monkeys. But I also had problems with it. I have security issues (as you regular readers might know), and I wondered first how the peddler made a living selling caps in an area that looked sparsely populated, and I really worried about him after the caps had been stolen by the monkeys. Had I encountered it a few years later, I also would have wondered why the peddler looked so much like Donkey Kong‘s Mario.
If you’re not familiar with Caps For Sale, check out the video below, which gives the whole story.


Doug is a child of the 80s who was raised in Ohio and is now living the life of oblivion in the bay area of California.

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2 thoughts on “Caps For Sale

  1. Caps for sale was one of my fav books when I was little, I would read it and/or have it read to me over & over & over again.

    btw, what’s this “monkey monday” business?

  2. theflyingdachshund says:

    I too, had this book, and I was born in ’81!! The copy I got came with a cassette tape that read the story for you almost like a radio program with music and at least someone doing a voice for the man character from what I remember….

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