- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 3
- Lexile Measure: 140 (What's this?)
- Series: A Five Little Monkeys Story
- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (August 23, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 061848602X
- ISBN-13: 978-0618486021
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car Paperback – August 23, 2004
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The five little monkeys and their mama have had it with their "rickety, rattletrap wreck of a car." It's time to sell this old heap. Mama makes a "For Sale" sign and goes inside. But her ever-helpful children worry that the car is too icky, sticky, and slimy, and take matters into their own industrious hands. "I know!" says one little monkey. And next thing they know, they're washing and scrubbing the filthy jalopy. Now it's clean, but still rusty and stinky. The monkeys ponder. "I know!" says one little monkey. Soon the car is painted and perfumed within an inch of its life. Unfortunately, it's not visible to potential buyers. "I know!" says one little monkey. With all these collective brainstorms, it's not long before the sparkly clean, psychedelically colorful car has landed in the swamp, with the five chagrined little monkeys inside, and a gaggle of crocodiles lurking nearby, licking their chops. How will they ever get themselves out of this mess, and sell the car, to boot? "I know!" says one little monkey...
These five are no strangers to silly predicaments and clever solutions, as evidenced in Eileen Christelow's four other entertaining picture books about the quintet, including Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed and Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree. (Ages 3 to 7) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1-A slight story told in rhyme. The monkeys' old family car becomes too much trouble for Mama and is put up for sale. The five little ones take it upon themselves to spruce it up, but despite their good intentions, the vehicle ends up in a swamp. Some crocodiles come to the rescue and decide to buy the wreck and the monkey family drives off in a snazzy red convertible. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations highlight the industrious little monkeys and their expressive faces as the mishap unfolds. The rhyme scheme enhances the story, such that it is, although it sometimes sounds forced. Children may enjoy this addition to the other stories about the little monkeys, but may need an explanation of the economics of selling a heap and ending up with a brand new car.
Denise Reitsma, Howe Library, Hanover, NH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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