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Monkey Puzzle

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  2,096 Ratings  ·  171 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 2001 by Macmillan Children's Books (first published 2000)
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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!
Gaby
This continues to be my favourite Julia Donaldson book. I can't remember how many times I have read it to my Kindy classes over the years (even if I ended up giggling more than they did) and - with added theatrics - year six enjoyed it just as much. It's lovely to see the older kids choosing to read picture books!
Charlie White
Sep 01, 2015 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
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Shoeb Narot
Sep 02, 2011 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
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Shelley
Sep 25, 2013 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
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Emily
Aug 06, 2015 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.
Nai  | Libros con(té)
Es hermoso. Super dulce.
Rebecca
Apr 06, 2014 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
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Papia Sultana
Jan 22, 2013 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
Karen Hammond
Sep 07, 2012 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
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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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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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Gary
May 14, 2012 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
Kirran
Dec 02, 2012 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
Abi Reynolds
I watched a group of children being read this story and watched their responses to it. As a story, it is one they are familiar with and have obviously listened to before as they could predict which animal came next.

What was interesting was the discussion the nursery staff had at the end of the book when the monkey finds his mum, about the different types of families there are in the nursery. It is known by the children that some of them have same sex parents, some live with grandparents, and oth
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Samantha Sterling
Oct 16, 2013 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
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Beverley
Oct 31, 2013 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
Lucy Townsend
May 09, 2012 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.
Jade
Jan 07, 2012 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.
Joey Woolfardis
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.
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.
Alison Millar
Apr 09, 2013 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!
Niina
Mar 18, 2014 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.
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Abby
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Hannah Higson
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, picturebooks, ks1
This book is about a monkey who has lost his mum. He meets a butterfly who tries to help him find her. The monkey describes her mum by using phrases such as ‘she’s bigger than me’. The butterfly leads the monkey to different animals fitting the description that the monkey provides. They see animals such as elephants, parrots, spiders, snakes. The monkey then tells the butterfly that his mum looks like him and the butterfly tells the monkey that none of her children look like her. Eventually they ...more
Sasha
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was passed down in the family from cousins. In the first time, introduced this book to my daughter she asked that I read it to her 5 times. By the 5th time, she was trying to read it to me. (She is only two years old so it was slightly adorable.) The book has great rhyme and prose. It is the tale of a little monkey looking for its mommy and a butterfly that assists him. (This would be a great book for adopted children.) My only criticism is that I am not a fan of the artwork.
Lusitarius
En mahda sille mitään, mutta olen aivan hullaantunut näistä kirjoista! Kuvitus on vahvaa, seikkaperäistä ja leikkimielistä, tarinat koukuttavia ja riimittely onnistunut loistavasti myös käännöksessä. Tämä kirja kiinnosti molempia iltasadutettavia, niin 5-vuotiasta esikoista kuin 1-vuotiasta kuopusta.
Emma
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to pair with the non fictional book by goodall because its set in the same kind of setting and also this talks about different animals chimps interact with in the wild which rings true from the non fiction book by Goodall. The illustrations are colorful and eye-catching and similar to some of the pictures you see in the non-fiction book.
Louise
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book!! Fantastic to animate with the children.. using the repetition of 'No, no, no' and getting the children to join in. There are so many opportunities to ask children questions about the animals they see, "Why can't they be monkeys mum?". The ending with the butterfly allows for children to think critically, especially if they are familiar with 'The Hungry Caterpillar".
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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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