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Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake
Contributor(s): Mack, Jeff
ISBN: 1534404317     ISBN-13: 9781534404311
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Product Type: School And Library
Published: July 2018
Annotation: A debut entry in a new series by the award-winning creator of the Clueless McGee mysteries finds a hapless Mr. Monkey baking a super-yummy banana cake that he hopes will be a prizewinning entry at a local cake show. Simultaneous and eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Monkeys; Fiction.
Cake; Fiction.
Contests; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Apes, Monkeys, Etc.
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2017023009
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Mr. Monkey
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 9.25" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (0.72 lbs)
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 July)

PreS-Gr 2—Mr. Monkey does, in fact, bake a banana cake, but that is only the beginning. After overindulging in bananas while baking, he's too full to eat the cake. He decides to take it to a cake show across town. It's a long walk filled with obstacles including a tricky road crossing, a hippie bicyclist, an angry dog, a territorial gorilla, hungry birds, and many near catastrophes. He finally arrives safely at his destination only to discover that the show is over, which seems bad until the angry gorilla shows up to make things worse. Pandemonium ensues until Mr. Monkey saves the day and makes a friend when he offers the gorilla a banana. Poor Mr. Monkey nearly makes it to the end of the story with his cake intact, but he is felled by one of the oldest jokes around—he slips on a banana peel and lands face first in his cake. Mack's third-person text perfectly narrates Mr. Monkey's adventures while his cartoon illustrations with great facial expressions and speech balloons give Mr. Monkey a voice. The use of white space, comic book—type panels, and perfect details in the illustrations really make the narrative dance. It's a great pairing with hilarious effect. VERDICT Mack has another winner with this cross between a picture book and beginning reader. Kids will love hapless Mr. Monkey and root for his success all the while enjoying his amusing near failures.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

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