Five little monkeys can’t sleep—they are too excited about the prospect of seeing Santa.
An empty bed and sounds in the hallway…what could that mean? That’s right. Five little monkeys sneaking down the stairs, looking for Santa. Each time they hear a noise, they run to the spot, hoping it’s Santa. But he’s not in the kitchen eating cookies; Grandpa is there, snacking, and he shoos them off to bed. Santa won’t come while they’re awake, he says. They lie back down, wide-eyed, but when they hear noises from the bathroom, they sneak out of bed again to see who it is. It’s just Mama. She shoos them off too. They even check outside, not noticing the sleigh on a far-off neighbor’s roof, and get stuck on the roof. After tumbling down the chimney, they fall asleep on the couch, and only then does Santa visit, not waking them until the door clicks shut behind him. Christelow manages to picture Santa without even indicating whether he’s human, and children will have fun pointing out Santa’s cameos throughout the spreads while following the rhyming text. The monkeys-as-children trope has worn out its welcome for many readers and demographics; for die-hard fans only, this will be a welcome addition to the series.
There are other choices for the season’s fun.(Picture book. 3-6)