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Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Deluxe Edition (A Five Little Monkeys Story) Hardcover – Picture Book, October 7, 2014
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A conversation with Eileen Christelow
The author/illustrator of the wildly popular and beloved Five Little Monkeys series answers some questions as we celebrate 25 years of monkey business
Did you always want to write books for children?
I''ve always loved to read and draw. I thought about architecture, graphic design, photography, but found myself browsing picture books in libraries and bookstores. It wasn''t until I was in my early thirties that I really started to create picture books. My first book was published when I was almost 40. So, It took a while to learn to tell a good story with words and pictures!
What has been your favorite book to write?
I''ve written several books about my energetic and difficult dog, Emma: Letters From a Desperate Dog and The Desperate Dog Writes Again. Her escapades were a never-ending source of story material and great fun to recount in picture book format.
Why do you think this series is such an enduring childhood favorite?
The first and second books in the series, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed and Five Little Monkeys Sitting in the Tree are my versions of old well-known jump-rope rhymes. Twenty-six years ago I read the dummy of the first monkey book to a class of kindergarteners. After I read a few pages the kids took over; they ''read'' the story while I turned the pages.
They loved it! Although most of them weren''t yet reading, they could ''read'' this book.
So the popularity of those rhymes certainly helped bring them to people''s attention. Also, I think jumping on the bed is something everyone has tried as a child. I know I did! I meet young readers who completely identify with the five little monkeys. They are mischievous characters, but never mean or unkind. The monkeys would be good friends to have! So kids want to hear more about their escapades. Luckily, I am fond of them too—they''ve been in my life for a long time! There are now nine stories about them.
What do you like best about writing for a young audience?
I love their enthusiasm! I suppose I also glean from strong memories of my own childhood—the perspective I had then. I AM writing for a young audience, but I''m also writing for myself. It''s always exciting to meet readers who share my sense of humor or who love my characters as much as I do.
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Knocked off one star cuz the edges of the book were scuffed (see pic). Doesn't effect the reading experience, but I always hate to start off with a damaged product!
I put 4 and not 5 stars because I personally don't love these "drawings/pictures" very much (for a 5 stars) but I think it is good for toddlers or younger children.
Top international reviews
Very disappointing. Can't be bothered to send the book back and ask for money as it was cheap.. other books great.
My grandson loves the song of 'Five Little Monkees' so I know he'll love this book.