Monkey and Cake, Book 1: What is INSIDE This Box?


Meet Monkey and Cake. Cake has lots of questions. Monkey has lots of answers. They are silly. They are curious. Sometimes they fight. But Monkey and Cake are always best friends. 

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, Drew Daywalt, and illustrator Olivier Tallec, comes a fresh new duo Monkey and Cake. In this book, Monkey and Cake cannot agree what's inside Monkey's mysterious box. Is it a kitty? Is it a dinosaur? How will they find out -- and what do you think is inside?

With Daywalt's signature quirky style, the relatable humor of Elephant and Piggie, and the wise friendship of Frog and Toad, Monkey and Cake invites readers to laugh along and let their imaginations soar.--from the publisher

56 pages          978-1338143867            Ages 4-8


Drew Daywalt, author of The Day the Crayons Quit, has begun a new series featuring the friends Monkey and Cake. In this first book Cake comes to see Monkey and notices that Monkey has a very large box. But what could be inside it? Monkey says that it is a magical cat that disappears when the box is opened. Cake questions this explanation. After several exchanges, Monkey points out that "You can think anything you want about what is inside the box when it is closed." That frees Cake to decide that there is a dinosaur inside.
Just as in the Crayon books, adults will have no trouble finding their own humor in the book. In a scene that will have them thinking back to discussions of Schrodinger's Cat, a labcoated Monkey poses in front of an easel with a sketch and a graph displayed on it. And after the friends leave to go find some pie, they will notice a cat peeking its head out from under the lid of the box. Adults may also worry about the ethics of Cake eating pie (or maybe I am the only concerned about that).
Recommended by:  Suzanne Costner,  School Librarian, Tennessee USA
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