Mr. Monkey bakes a cake

Jeff Mack

Book - 2018

Mr. Monkey bakes a cake and enters it in a contest, but nothing goes as planned.

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Series
Mack, Jeff. Mr. Monkey ; 1.
Subjects
Genres
Humorous fiction
Readers (Publications)
Published
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers [2018]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN
9781534404311
1534404317
Main Author
Jeff Mack (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Mack kicks off an easy-reader series with a sweet and delicious romp. Mr. Monkey—portrayed in the simply drawn, brightly colored cartoon illustrations as a furry human with a monkey's head and tail—makes a banana cake, but chows down on so many bananas in the process that he can't eat it. And so (with his noisy stomach's advice) he decides to enter it in a cake contest instead. Because of obstacles along the way, by the time Mr. Monkey arrives, the contest is over. Will there be no blue ribbon for Mr. Monkey? Never say never: a huge, angry gorilla smashes all the other cakes in a frosting-spattered hullabaloo, but then peaceably peels a ribbon off his butt and exchanges it for Mr. Monkey's last banana. Showing true nobility of spirit, Mr. Monkey proceeds to pass the ribbon on to a small, brown-skinned child who has likewise arrived late . . . and, with his next step, meets up with a fateful banana peel. Just desserts for Mr. Monkey, whose adventures continue in the copublished Mr. Monkey Visits a School. Grades K-1. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Mr. Monkey bakes a cake and enters it in a contest, but nothing goes as planned.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

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.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Curious George meets Mr. Bean in this adorable new picture book series from author-illustrator Jeff Mack that follows the loveable Mr. Monkey on his wacky adventures.Mr. Monkey bakes a cake.He can't wait to win a ribbon!But first he has to carry it to the contest.What could possibly go wrong?

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Curious George meets Mr. Bean in this adorable new picture book series from author-illustrator Jeff Mack that follows the loveable Mr. Monkey on his wacky adventures.Mr. Monkey bakes a cake.He can't wait to win a ribbon!But first he has to carry it to the contest.What could possibly go wrong?