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Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat (A Five Little Monkeys Story) Hardcover – August 13, 2013
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PreS-K-Another winner in the further adventures of the familiar five. It's Halloween and the siblings are excited to choose their costumes-alien, banana, ghost, goblin, and princess-and go trick-or-treating with their babysitter, Lulu. While traversing the neighborhood, each monkey sees a youngster with an even-better costume and manages to switch, so all five of them have "tricked" Lulu along the way. The adults figure out what's going on, and the five little monkeys get a taste of their own medicine when it appears they will be left out of the big treat awaiting them at home. After a mild admonishment from Mama for trying to hoodwink Lulu, the five and their friends celebrate the holiday with treats. The digitally rendered pen, ink, and color illustrations showcase a variety of simple, homemade costumes and ideas for a holiday celebration. Eyeball Cookies and Worm Juice, anyone? Recipes at the book's conclusion tell how to make the yummy treats for would-be tricksters.-Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Christelow’s five little monkeys are natural tricksters, making them perfect subjects for a Halloween story. Lulu, their favorite babysitter, is a diligent but relaxed chaperone, the perfect candidate for one of their tricks. But wait, does she have a trick of her own? The subtle twist at the end of the story, along with pictorial hints, will encourage discussion of just how much she and Mama know about the fivesome’s shenanigans. Young readers will enjoy Lulu’s efforts to keep track of her young charges, dressed tonight as a banana, ghost, goblin, princess, and alien. But when they decide to change costumes with a robot, television, grapes, pumpkin, and blue bunny, the fun begins. The energetic siblings in full costume dominate every page, along with their obliging friends. The illustrations, executed digitally in pen, ink, and color, begin with pumpkins and bats on the endpapers (symbols that continue throughout the book) and conclude with recipes for eyeball cookies and worm juice, perfect Halloween treats for readers as well as monkeys. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Edie Ching
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