Five Little Monkeys Storybook Treasury.pdf
It’s hard to get too involved in a cast of barely likable whiners and pathetic hand-wringers, but somehow that isn’t much of a problem in Jinks’ droll vampire send-up. These bloodsuckers are anything but sexy and mysterious, as here vampirism is a cross between a defining addiction and communicable disease; those infected spend most of their time being seriously ill and attending AA-style meetings with fellow sufferers. Nina, permanently arrested at 15 years old, can’t stand her fellow group members, but when one of them is found staked they all must work together to uncover the slayer before he can kill again. While readers might feel pushed rather than led through the plot, Jinks offers some wry vampire-centric twists on mystery conventions (having to repeatedly piece together what happened while literally dead to the world from sunup to sundown); and when the humor hits its mark, this can be laugh-out-loud funny. Most of the comedy, though, lies in the wide-angle skewering of support groups and fringe characters more suited to hemming and hawing than biting and sucking. Grades 8-12. --Ian Chipman
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K—This is a wonderful resource to use with children to illuminate the ways of nature; it's economical and rhythmic in text, and beautifully and clearly illustrated. Arnosky uses simple language and a repeated refrain to describe the animals that live in a lush Southern environment: "There are babies in the bayou with black and yellow tails" (alligators), "…with rings around their tails" (raccoons), "…with shells upon their backs" (turtles), and "…with webs between their toes" (ducks). As the gentle text guides readers through the swamp, each spread limns its scene in transparent green, yellow, and blue acrylics, framed with dark branches, grasses, and silhouetted birds and other small creatures. Use this vibrant book as a read-aloud to introduce an intriguing habitat, or pair it with Kathi Appelt's Bayou Lullaby (HarperCollins, 1995) for a satisfying storytime sojourn.—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
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, which includes an autobiography, "monkeys in the classroom" activities, and much more!
This 20th-anniversary treasury features a special introduction and five full-length picture books - "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed", "Five Little Monkeys Bake a Cake", "Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree", "Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do", and "Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car" - as well as a lesson on how to draw your own fabulous monkeys. Sheets of colourful stickers and musical notation round out this amazing collection. It's the perfect addition to any child's classic library.