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Le Puzzle De Kikou

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  919 ratings  ·  86 reviews
When little monkey can’t find his mother, butterfly offers to help in the search. Little monkey says that his mother is big, so butterfly leads him to . . . an elephant. No, that’s not right! Little monkey says his mom is furry, so butterfly leads him to . . . a bat. That’s not right either. From then on, little monkey and butterfly meet many jungle animals, but they don’t ...more
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Published February 2000 by Autrement (first published January 1st 2000)
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Shoeb Narot
‘Monkey Puzzle’ By, Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler.

I have read a few great titles by this author including; ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Room on the Broom’, ‘A Squash and a Squeeze” and this one is no exception!

A great story about a little monkey that is quite upset after loosing his mum in the jungle. A butterfly comes to help him find his mum, so off they go, on an adventure through the jungle to reunite poor little monkey with his mum. The little monkey keeps describing his mum to the butterfly but
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Shelley
This is an endearing story about a monkey who loses his Mum and is helped by a butterfly to try and find her. Throughout the book, other animals are introduced using describing what they look like. This allows the children to interact with the story and guess what the next animal may be.

I really enjoyed reading this book and reading it to a class of children because they seem to enjoy it and engage with the story. I would say that the most appropriate age for this book would be around 3-6 years
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Rebecca
Monkey Puzzle Review
A wonderful story about a little monkey on his journey to be re-united with its mother. They are assisted by a butterfly who believes they have the answers and brings them to various animals which all fit the descriptions that the monkey is giving. This book will teach children that many animals which look very different from each other share description labels. I would present this book to a reception class and prompt answers that explain why an elephant would not be the mo
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Papia Sultana
Another fantastic Julia Donaldson book! The ‘Monkey Puzzle’ is about a monkey who loses his mother. A butterfly helps the monkey to find his mother again. The butterfly asks the monkey to describe his mother and each description leads the monkey to a different animal that looks nothing like him. However, the butterfly has a good reason for making this continuous mistake because her babies do not look like her (caterpillars). The story ends with the monkey finally being reunited with his mother. ...more
Clementine Lagarde
‘Monkey Puzzle’ By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Another beautifully illustrated and written book by the creators of the Gruffalo. This story features around a monkey who has lost his mother. Whilst sitting in the forest crying a butterfly offers to help him find her but gets somewhat confused as every animal it takes the monkey to is not his mother. It is then that the monkey explains, "Butterfly, butterfly, can't you see? None of these creatures looks like me!" To which the butterfly expl
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Karen Hammond
This book is about a monkey that has lost his mum, and how a butterfly helps him to find her. The butterfly shows the monkey lots of different animals, to match the description given by the little monkey, but gets it wrong lots of times, however eventually the little monkey and his Mum (and Dad) are reunited.

This book is really good for early years and KS1 as the rhyming patterns are helpful to teach literacy. The descriptions of the various creatures will also increase the children's vocabulary
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Charlotte Peters
Little Monkey has lost his mum and relies on a helpful Butterfly to reunite them. However the butterfly makes many mistakes along the way.

This is a witty and fun book which could easily be used as a group read in an early year’s classroom. You could easily have the children joining in on the first line of each page (“No, No, No, that’s a…”) and getting them to fill in which animal it is. It could also be used as part of a science lesson, as the butterfly was of little help because she did not k
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Gary
The story begins with a monkey who has lost his mother, with the help of a butterfly the quest begins to find his missing mother. However the butterfly shows the monkey a number of different animals that were bigger than the monkey and thought that were his mother. This would be great for describing and introducing a variety of animals to your audience/class or use the descriptive writing to get your class guessing which animals are being used. You could even introduce the specific animal’s habi ...more
Kirran
This book is about a monkey who has lost his mum. Butterfly decides to help him find her, monkey says that his mother is big so butterfly leads him to an elephant. Monkey says no,no,no that's not my mum,he says that his mum is furry, so butterfly leads him to a spider. That's not my mum says monkeys,shes not black and shes not fat. Butterfly and monkey then meet lots of different jungle animals whilst searching for monkey's mum but it isnt untill monkey describes his mum that butterfly is able t ...more
Beverley
This is a story about a little monkey who has lost his mum. A butterfly tells him to hush and she will help him to find his mum. She asked him how big his mum is, monkey says bigger than me. The butterfly takes him to lots of different animals based on the monkeys descriptions. The monkey then says 'butterfly, butterfly can't you see none of these features look like me. The butterfly says look none of my babies look like me. This is a fun book to read to children in story time because it has gre ...more
Samantha Sterling
This lovely short story is about a little lost Monkey trying to find his mum. He and a friendly butterfly that offers to help embark on a journey through the forest, encountering lots of different animals along the way. The story is full of brilliant animal descriptions, fantastic Illustrations and uses rhyme, all of which aid the story very well and make this book a good choice for young readers or those who struggle a little with reading.

The book could be used in the classroom to inspire creat
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Niina
I thought this was a ripp-off of "A bit lost" by Chris Haughton, but it seems it's the other way around. I liked Haughton's better, though.
Ashleigh Holland
Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson is a simple and sweet story of a monkey child who has lost his mother and a friendly, if not somewhat confused butterfly, who does his best to help! It is one of my favourite books to read, especially with children with SEN.

I think this story is perfect for a Key stage 1 SEN class, particularly for those students with little or no speech. Being a story that can come in large size, it is perfect to show a SEN class and the repetitive nature of the dialogue, 'No, n
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Lucy Townsend
This book is by the author who also wrote 'The Gruffalo', it is about a monkey who has lost his mum and a butterfly tries to help the monkey but instead takes him to different creatures in the jungle.
This book would be good for early years and even KS1 as it is a good way to look at rhyme, but also descriptions and descriptive words and also different animals. There are also very good illustrations in the book that are a good source for children with EAL. This is an excellent book.
Jade
A beautifully illustrated and fun to read story of a monkey who cannot find his mum. A helpful butterfly does her best to find his mum by asking the monkey what she looks like, however she keeps getting it wrong! The monkey explains that his mum looks like him to which the butterfly replies that her children do not look like her and thats why she kept getting it wrong! A fun story made easy to read through simple language and rhyming techniques.
Alison Millar
This is called 'Monkey Puzzle' in my house. I have to read it every night to my four year old but I don't mind a bit because it is brilliant!
Andrew Venning
This book is about a young monkey who is lost in the jungle and can't find their mum. A butterfly helps the monkey become reunited with its family.

Another very enjoyable book from Julia Donaldson. I liked the story and the rhyming.

The book is most useful for EYFS or year 1 children.

A really useful book for teaching young children about animals and their different characteristics. Can also be used to teach rhyming words. There's a really great song based on the book on youtube that has actions an
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Claire Dowdall
Monkey puzzle

By Julia Donaldson
This story is about the monkey who loses his mom. A butterfly, offers to help the monkey find her again. The butterfly asks the monkey to describe his mother and after each description, leads the monkey to an animal that is not his mother but another animal e.g., elephant, spider, bat, parrot, etc., after a while the exasperated monkey points out that none of the animals even look like him. However, the butterfly has a very good reason for making this mistake—her b
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Jack Lloyd
Another great book written by Julia Donaldson. A young monkey has lost his mum and meets an endearing butterfly who tries to reconnect him with his mum. The monkey describes his mum to the butterfly but the butterfly keeps showing the monkey animals which aren't his mum. Children can use the clues from the passage to guess which animal the butterfly will show next. The rhyme in this book allows for an easy reading and the children in my year one placement loved this book.
Erika Arechiga
A young monkey cannot seem to find his mom in the jungle. Lucky for him, a helpful butterfly helps him search for his mom based on descriptions the little monkey gives it. Every time he gives the butterfly a description, the butterfly leads him to a different animal with similar traits! The little monkey is very frustrated and you can see his frustration when the butterfly leads him to an elephant for a second time. I loved the part where the butterfly showed the monkey her children (caterpillar ...more
June
Jun 07, 2014 June rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: librarians, parents & teachers
A very popular book in story time. I have used it for my mothers program, but might also include it in my monkey program. 5/2/11

I'm rounding this up to 5. The Prek class got the biggest kick out of this. Their teacher begged me to let her borrow it. Someone could also use it for a butterfly/caterpillar program. 5/2/12

This doesn't really hold a toddler's attention. At least it didn't work as well tonight. A boy wanted it read because of the monkey on the cover, but it was a bit too much text. 5/8
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Christine Busuttil
This is called monkey puzzle in England ,I have big book version
Great for older preschool children who have developed a sense of humour and get the irony of the tale
Lovely to read as the words singsong harmoniously while the children listen to and enjoy the colourful detailed illustrations
Also a theme every young child can relate too
Michelle Webb
'Monkey Puzzle' as its called in the UK, is a story of a baby monkey who has become lost and needs to find his mum. He enlists the help of a butterfly who can’t tell his snake from his elephant’s trunk. Is a nice little story to introduce children to jungle animals and any jungle themed learning.
Marzina Begum
Monkey Puzzle, is a book about a small monkey that has lost his mum. A friendly butterfly comes along to help the monkey find his mum, they travel through the jungle to find his mother and come across different jungle animals across the away. I enjoyed this book, as it is like a hide and seek game for children, getting them to guess what animal the butterfly thinks is the little monkeys mother. I would recommend reading this book to children in foundation or KS1 in school. This book could be use ...more
Ina
Little Monkey has lost his mom! Butterfly tries to help...but keeps getting it wrong. Fun to read-aloud rhyming text and bright colorful illustrations make this an audience pleaser. Humorous and fun.
Jojoma
I love how this book discreetly tackles the issue that all kids do not look like their parents. "Resemblance talk", for those who are unaware, is when often innocent comments on physical resemblances between children and their parents or siblings leave adoptive families feeling uncomfortable, at a loss for words, or forced into a corner to explain their lack of resemblance and we should all be aware of how inappropriate and unintentionally hurtful this kind of talk can be, however well meant it ...more
Kathryn
This book by the same author / illustrator team as The Gruffalo is Little Cherub's current favourite. A little monkey loses his mother and a butterfly tries to help him find her. However, there is a problem. The butterfly doesn't realise that the monkey's mother looks just like him - after all, her children look quite different! - and finds all sorts of other animals instead. A clever premise, snappy rhyming text and strong illustration come together to make a book that is a lot of fun. Little C ...more
Cathy
My almost-three-year-old thinks this book is hilarious! Julia Donaldson is one of my new favorite children's authors!
Lumi / Otso
this was a library find. i liked it even more than "the gruffalo". lumi requested it over and over and over.
G Catherine
Read as original title - Monkey Puzzle. Where's my Mom? is obviously for the USA audiences...
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Growing up
I grew up in a tall Victorian London house with my parents, grandmother, aunt, uncle, younger sister Mary and cat Geoffrey (who was really a prince in disguise. Mary and I would argue about which of us would marry him).

Mary and I were always creating imaginary characters and mimicking real ones, and I used to write shows and choreograph ballets for us. A wind-up gramophone wafted out Cho
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