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Ages baby -5
This story is almost entirely based on the well known nursery rhyme.
The story begins as Mama monkey and her five children walk to the river for a picnic lunch. While Mama enjoys a quiet nap, the children climb a tree over the river to watch the crocodile. The monkeys begin to tease the crocodile. Mr Crocodile lunges forward with a "SNAP!", leaving one less monkey. this continues as a frightened crowd gathers until there are no more monkeys in the tree, and a sobbing Mama monkey on the banks of the river. Of course being a modern children's book they clean it up at this point and instead of just geeting the odd tail floating about, the five monkeys pop back out of the tree. Mama monkey is very relieved, they all eat a delicious lunch, and bring a plate to the crocodile as well.
The illustrations are cartoon like, but well done with bold bright colours. The crocododiles eyes look a bit lopsided on closer inspection, but the main attention is drawn to to his enormous gaping mouth anyway so I doubt a child would notice.
My sons enjoyed this book, it is fun story to read and you can see the anticpation of the "SNAP" as you reach that part of the rhyme. All the same, they enjoy the story just as well without the book, so it isnt really neccesary. Of course it does help building reading skills as a child can follow the text, while he already knows the words anyway.
In my opinion, if you feel more comfortable reading a story than acting one out, this book is wonderful for babies and small children and I would highly reccomend it. If, like me, you'd just as soon act it out, then it is still ok, as the children may enjoy the pictures, but mightn't really be worth the money. I do find it a good book overall, but it is not a great book, hence 4 stars instead of 5.