(formerly titled: Don't Wake Up Mama)
Clarion Books—1993 Ages: 3-6
"Will combine nicely with Christelow's other books for a foolproof story hour."
—School Library Journal
IRA/CBC Children's Choice —1993
Five little monkeys wake up with the sun. "Today is Mama's birthday!"
"Sh-h-h! Don't wake up Mama!"
Sneezes, crashes and the E-e-e-e of a fire engine don't stop the Five Little Monkeys from baking Mama a surprise birthday cake while she is fast asleep. But, when Mama finally does wake up, she reveals a surprise of her own!
I started writing a story about a little girl who liked to get up before her parents. I wrote one page. Then I was stuck!
My character was mischievous—kind of like the five little monkeys. So I thought, "Why not write about them?" With new characters, my
story got 'unstuck'!
The line is pen and ink. The color is gouache.(Gouache is like water color, but it's opaque.)