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Le Puzzle De Kikou

4.21  ·  Rating Details ·  1,463 Ratings  ·  123 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
Published February 2000 by Autrement (first published January 1st 2000)
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Charlie White
Sep 01, 2015 Charlie White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Monkey puzzle is the tale of a young monkey who searches for his mum with the help of a butterfly. Confusion unfolds as the butterfly uses only the most immediate piece of information when looking for the monkey's mum, for example 'She's big!' declares the monkey 'bigger than me' and using this information the butterfly takes the monkey to an elephant.
This pattern continues with humour and rhyme as the animal pair meet numerous other animals until the monkey is finally reunited with its mum and
Shoeb Narot
Sep 02, 2011 Shoeb Narot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
Sep 25, 2013 Shelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book with a group of 4-6 year old children. We loved using the clues to guess who the butterfly would find based on the information it was given.
It also had a lovely link that although many babies look like their mum/dad, the butterfly's children are caterpillars.
Shoshana G
This was a big hit at story time. I was worried it would be too long, but the rhymes kept the littler ones engaged, and the older ones liked the story. Several of the adults laughed out loud multiple times!
Apr 06, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Papia Sultana
Jan 22, 2013 Papia Sultana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Hammond
Sep 07, 2012 Karen Hammond rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
May 14, 2012 Gary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2012 Kirran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hannah Mary
About a little monkey who's lost its mummy. A butterfly helps him find her. The monkey uses descriptive language so the butterfly know what the mother looks like and brings monkey to a variety of animals. Could have a science link to different animals.
Oct 31, 2013 Beverley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 16, 2013 Samantha Sterling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 18, 2014 Niina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 27, 2016 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, childrens
Butterfly is helping monkey find his mother, only monkey is not very good with describing his mother to butterfly. It’s like playing twenty questions with butterfly. Butterfly begins by asking monkey a short questioning rhythm before they head off to look for his mother. After they arrive at their destination, the mother animal is in their sight, monkey responds with another rhythm describing the animal that butterfly took him to. Butterfly did take monkey to the correct describing word that mon ...more
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
Feb 20, 2015 Alyshia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson
This is another favourite of mine by Julia Donaldson. There are so many ideas that you can introduce to young children through this book. Firstly, the idea that everybody is different. The book explores the naivety of the butterfly who doesn’t quite understand that the monkey’s mother will look the same as him because her children look very different to her as well as the monkey’s frustration that the butterfly doesn’t know this. This is a really good way to exp
Lucy Townsend
May 09, 2012 Lucy Townsend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 07, 2012 Jade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Liane Marie
Jun 07, 2015 Liane Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this favorite from the author (ג'וליה דונלדסון) of The Gruffalo, a butterfly helps a lost monkey to find his mother. The butterfly misinterprets the monkey’s description of his mother and leads the monkey to several other animals before finally locating his mother. In both the English and Hebrew versions, the language rhymes well and has the repetitiveness that preschoolers enjoy. The story also hits the mark with preschool humor: our lil guy thinks that it is hysterical that the butterfly ke ...more
Saoirse Sterling
Julia Donaldson is a genuine genius. If you can make adults laugh with a kids' book you are on to a winner. Just an utter delight. These go further then general kids' books do, with actual twists in the story.
Vicki Purbrick
Feb 24, 2016 Vicki Purbrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listofbetterment
This is another great book by Donaldson. The version we have at home contains the narrative on the left side of the page and the exact same picture on the right of the book in puzzle form. Children can follow the story which is repetitive in parts which is good for children to become familiar with certain words and phrases, and they can interact with the book by completing the puzzle.

The story and the illustrations are matched so a child can easily follow the story and then recognise the words
Mar 16, 2015 Jennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching
This is a lovely story about a monkey who has lost their Mum and a butterfly helps to find her. Throughout the story monkey is describing what his mum looks like and butterfly finds animals that fit this description. Children can therefore guess what the next animal might be and enjoy that butterfly gets it wrong.

Children really enjoy this story and I feel it can be used for EYFS and KS1. It could be nice to use around Mothers day when thinking about mums and what they are like - could do pictu
Alison Millar
Apr 09, 2013 Alison Millar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2014 Andrew Venning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Il Giochinglese
Jan 04, 2015 Il Giochinglese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Where's My Mom? Età: 3 +

Dov'è finita la mamma della scimmietta in copertina? Non sarà facile trovarla ma per la strada non mancherà l'occasione di conoscere tanti simpatici e coloratissimi animali. Un modo allegro ed efficace di insegnare i nomi di alcuni "wild animals" in lingua inglese seguendo il filo di una storia appassionanti che lascia anche un po' in sospeso fino alla fine! Riuscirà la nostra scimmietta a ritrovare la sua mamma? Noi crediamo di sì...

Recensione de "Il Giochinglese" per ma
Aug 03, 2016 Ollie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Найбільший подив у мене викликала зміна статі мавпенятком у російськомовному виданні. В англомовному виданні мавпеня було хлопчиком. Ну тепер буде дівчатком.
Взагалі-то мені більше сподобалася аналогічна історія із пошуком корівки за її описом у казці "Чемне кошеня". Там кожна нова ознака "додавалася" до сукупності пінших. А у Дональдсон із логікою послідовності ознак не так добре. Мавпочка перш за все повідомляє, що її мама більша за неї, але після слона метелик її веде до жабки, а ще до павука.
Leah Townsend
Sep 02, 2016 Leah Townsend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book - would be interesting with a text-to-text with Have you seen my mother?, I am sure there are others as well. Great for discussing comparisons and giving good descriptions.

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