Don't Wake Up Mama! with Cassette(s)

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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. . . . 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.” School Library Journal

The five simian siblings, last seen picnicking in Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, have decided to bake a birthday cake for Mom. Up at dawn, they dash off to the kitchen, hoping to accomplish their task without waking her. With characteristic exuberance, they produce a colossal mess as they concoct the culinary treat and then undertake a noisy wood-working project. . . . Christelow’s full-color mixed-media illustrations humorously convey the total mayhem created by these well-intentioned children. . . . Few children will be able to resist this delightful sequel.” ALA Booklist

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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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reS-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

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