Book Review: Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake

Rating: ★★★★☆

The five little monkeys are back, ready to charm and delight toddlers everywhere.  This time they wake up early to bake a surprise birthday cake for Mama, with each scene punctuated by the refrain, “Shhh! Don’t wake Mama!”  Much hilarity ensues as their well-intended efforts culminate in a visit from the fire department, and finally they wake Mama with a loud birthday song.

This is a likably repetitive story that preschoolers will love for its simple humor.  Its pleasant characters and slapstick humor create an undeniable appeal, and parents will appreciate the fact that the children work together to express their love toward their mother, who deserves a break after all she’s put up with from them.

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Publication Information: Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake. Five Little Monkeys; Clarion. 2004. ISBN: 0618496483.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 00-04
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Posted on October 26, 2011

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