Don't Wake Up Mama!: Another Five Little Monkeys Story

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Author Biography: Born in Washington, D.C., Eileen Christelow went to school there and in Connecticut, Tokyo, and Massachusetts. When she decided to write and illustrate picture books for young children, she and her daughter, Heather, "researched the problem together, taking weekly trips to the library and reading at bedtime and nap time." Eileen Christelow and her husband, potter Ahren Ahrenholz, now live in Dummerston, Vermont.

Five little monkeys try to bake a cake for their mother's birthday without waking her up.

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PreS-- The five little monkeys are back, this time eager to bake a cake for their mother's birthday. As she sleeps in blissful ignorance, the children demolish the kitchen, and the smoking cake attracts the fire department. She sleeps through the clamor until a rousing chorus of ``Happy Birthday!'' wakes her. When she informs everyone that her birthday is the next day, silent plans are made for another cake. While this story lacks the infectious humor and counting motif of its predecessors, children will enjoy the repetition of ``Sh-h-h! Don't wake up Mama.'' Christelow's cartoon figures are as exuberant as ever, and their gleeful monkeyshines will capture youngsters' attention. An additional title that will combine nicely with Christelow's other books for a foolproof story time. --Lori A. Janick, Parkwood Elementary School, Pasadena, TX
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PreS-Gr 2-Don't Wake Up Mama by Eileen Christelow (Clarion, 1992) lacks the rhythm and cadence that made the original Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed so appealing to youngsters. Although the music is lively and the illustrations are colorful, this version lacks appeal due to its slow pace and somewhat illogical story line about little monkeys baking a cake to celebrate their mother's birthday. There is narration in addition to the use of children's voices reading the little monkeys parts. The quality of the voices is clear, and instructions for using the tape with the book are easy to understand. A marginal purchase for any collection.-Jane Enfield, Howe Community School, Minneapolis, MN Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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"Christelow's full-color mixed-media illustrations humorously convey the total mayhem created by these well-intentioned children." Booklist, ALA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395764794
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/10/1996
  • Series: Five Little Monkeys Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Eileen Christelow

Eileen Christelow has created numerous fun and funny picture books, including the Five Little Monkeys series, Author, and most recently, Letters from a Desperate Dog. She and her husband, Ahren, live in Vermont. For more information visit www.christelow.com.

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