Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Leyla” as Want to Read:
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview


3.72  ·  Rating details ·  112 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Leyla is sick of her big, loud, overbearing family. They are always chatting, snuggling, and grooming each other (ew!), and—for Leyla—there’s no escape from their attention. So, she decides to run away until she can’t hear (or smell) her baboon troop anymore. In the middle of her desert habitat, she finds a lizard sunning himself. Unlike her family, the lizard loves to sit ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Harry N. Abrams
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Leyla, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Leyla

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
3.72  · 
Rating details
 ·  112 ratings  ·  25 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A young baboon with a huge family longs for some solitude, so she strikes out on her own.

The author's illustrations really make this one special.



Leyla is adorable
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children Who Get Overwhelmed by Overly Demonstrative Social Situations
Shelves: picture-books
Leyla the baboon lived with her mother, her father, and nine aunts and twenty-three cousins. It was a loving but loud environment, and one day, when she just couldn't take the constant attention and activity anymore, Leyla ran away. She ran far away, and eventually met an extremely quiet, extremely inactive lizard, who taught her the pleasure of doing nothing but basking in the sun. After her restful break with her new friend, Leyla was ready to return to the heart of her sometimes over-active f ...more
Jillian Heise
Concerns about the message this sends, once again with anthropomorphic monkey/ape imagery. I read the authors note to understand the inspiration, but the wording of the view of the child's too big messy, smelly family contains underlying racism to it.
See Edith Campbell (@CrazyQuilts) work on curating and explaining concerns with the historical racism of monkey/ape imagery.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mindfulness
Interesting riff on the idea of the lizard brain and mindfulness meditation.
Edward Sullivan
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Leyla runs away from her crowded, noisy, over-attentive baboon troop and finds a lizard who teaches her how to cope.
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another winner from this author! Not many picture books star baboons, and LEYLA is a true gem. The expressive illustrations are a joy to look at.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Apedruk door Galia Bernstein

Apedruk is geschreven en getekend door Galia, een super getalenteerde dame dus.

Luna heeft een mama en een papa. En negen tantes en 23 neefjes en nichtjes. Redelijk normaal voor mantelbavianen maar voor Luna veel te druk. Iedereen wil almaar kusjes geven en knuffelen en zij wil rust. Dus begint Luna te rennen, tot ze hen niet meer kan horen, ruiken en zien.

Dat loopt (natuurlijk) niet helemaal van een leien dakje. (Als je wil weten wat er gebeurt moet je het boek zelf m
Super sweet and cute, this picture book about familial love. Leyla herself is adorable, and the other monkeys (baboons?) are fluffy balls of wide-eyed curiosity and kindness.

I wonder, though, why it just had to be monkey characters (a brief author's note does explain the inspiration). These extremely anthropomorphized animals, with their expressive human faces, relatable human emotions, and distinctively human motivations might be a bit jarring for some readers whose own humanity has been disco
Allie Outhouse
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
Just not attractive as images, story, layout or moral: run away from horrible big families because they'll take you back without any questions or apologies. It's better to avoid them, sit and do nothing by yourself all day than appreciate others' affection for you with new and different self-centered, cold-blooded individuals. Don't forget to lie about your experiences and be an ingrate!
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Leyla is tired of her busy, noisy family so she decides to run so far away that she can't hear them or smell them. She comes upon a Lizard who teaches her how to be still and listen to the world around her. This enchanting story is packed with personality and endearing illustrations. Children 2 - 8 will enjoy Leyla by Galia Bernstein again and again.
Juliana Lee
Leyla is a little monkey with a mother and a father... and 9 aunts... and 23 cousins! Her family was too loud and always in her business. So she decides to run far away. She learns to sit quietly and do nothing with the chameleon but when the sun goes down she wants to go home to her big, loud, family who loves her!
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Leyla is a Hamadryas baboon who lives in a troop with her loud, large, and loving family. But sometimes she is a bit overwhelmed by it all. One day she leaves and finds a secluded place, and meets a lizard who shows her how to do nothing. This helps Leyla understand and appreciate her family when she returns to the troop.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Clever story about a young baboon who needs some space from her large family. She runs until she's far enough to not hear or see them and meets a lizard who teaches her about relaxing and just being.
Love the expressions on the character's faces and their body language.
Use to talk about needing space and finding calm spaces.
Alyssa Gudenburr
A very cute book about a monkey that wants to take a break from her crazy family. She learns how to do nothing from a lizard and enjoys it. When she goes back to her family she now appreciates them. This would make a good read aloud for elementary children about boundaries and calming techniques.
Mary Lee
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, covers, picture-book
Leyla runs away from a crowded, noisy, busy family and finds a lizard who teaches her how to sit still and do nothing at all (meditate). She goes back to her family, but now has options when it all gets to be too much.
Still more primates though. Can't it be children or pretty much any animal? I loved the lizard - so chill.
Syntha Green
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a great story and would be a great intro to mindfulness
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Large families can be loud and overbearing, but they can also be supportive and protective. A gentle book which celebrates independence, community, and love.
J.D. Holman
I think this will be a fun book for storytime. Leyla is a very relatable character.
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, e-fiction
❤ I loved this book! So sweet & gentle. ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just loved this book! The story is sweet and the illustrations of the monkeys are charming and expressive.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: storytime
A cute book about needing space and loving your family. Great for story time.
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Sweet story about being overwhelmed by a large family, seeking solitude, then returning. Illustrations are expressive and endearing. Recommended for ages 4-6.
Kristina Jean Lareau
Soft illustrations. Showcases the need for attention along side the need to be alone.
Marta Timbrook
rated it really liked it
Jun 21, 2019
rated it liked it
Jul 18, 2019
Amy Kilner
rated it liked it
Jun 13, 2019
rated it liked it
Jul 27, 2019
rated it really liked it
Jul 19, 2019
Nadia Salomon
rated it liked it
Jun 30, 2019
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Galia Bernstein was born and raised in Israel. She started her career as a designer and illustrator for the Israeli Army’s magazine. She later studied illustration at Parsons School of Design at the New School and now works as a full-time freelance illustrator. She lives in New York City.
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »