Monday, July 19, 2010

Weekend Review: 5 Little Monkeys

"The Five Little Monkeys and Mama can never drive far in their rickety, rattletrap, wreck of the car."

Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car board bookIn the story, Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car by Eileen Christelow, the Five Little Monkeys and Mama decide to sell their car. However, it has a lot of problems, it's dirty and smelly. So one little monkey has a plan,"I know!" says the monkey. He suggests that the monkeys wash the car, paint the car, and pour perfume on the car. However, they need a better marketing plan. No one can see the car parked in their front yard. "I know!" says one little monkey, and he suggests they push the car down the hill. The car rolls into a swamp and is overtaken by hungry crocodiles. Luckily one little monkey KNOWS how to get the car out! They end up selling the car to the crocodiles and Mama and the monkeys buy a new convertable.
Logan loved this book. He loved the flowing rhyme. He loved the pictures. He loved saying, "I know!" every time that phrase repeated. Tyson read this one with us and he seemed to enjoy it too. He tried to grab at the pages and "get" the pictures. I think because they were all so brightly colored. Older children would enjoy the humor of the story- especially how the monkeys trick the crocs into buying their car.

After reading the book, I gave Logan a cardboard cutout of a car and we painted it!


  1. Just "found" your blog and while my children are older (13 & 11) I'm always on the lookout for great children books for gifts for younger kids. Thanks

  2. Great review - I have to get one of those Monkey books next time we are in the library. I think my daughter will enjoy it.

  3. We just got this book and my 2 year old LOVES it! We have been reading it over and over! :)

  4. The five little monkeys are irresistible! Happy you received you Car Washing book. We think it is a great family story. Come back and see us at the blog, each week we highlight and give away children's literature.

    Thanks for sharing all of your early literacy ideas!

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