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Chinese New Year of the Monkey for children in 2016

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Monkey puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Board books about monkeys

Hug by Jez Alborough

Hug by Jez Alborough

How can a book with just three words (“Bobo”, “mummy” and most frequently of all “Hug”) evoke such tenderness and pathos? Because Jez Alborough is a genius, that’s why.

How to feed your cheeky monkey by Jane Clarke and Georgie Birkett

How to feed your cheeky monkey by Jane Clarke and Georgie Birkett

There’s a jauntiness to the rhyming text in this funny board book, which documents the daily routines of the average toddler.

This little monkey by Lucy Lyes

This little monkey by Lucy Lyes

A good sturdy touchy-feely board book from Ladybird. And it rhymes too.

Picture books about monkeys

Monkey do! by Allan Ahlberg

Monkey do! by Allan Ahlberg

A delightfully entertaining story in rhyme about a little monkey who pockets the zookeeper’s key, escapes from the zoo and begins a night of escapades.

Monkey and the little one by Claire Alexander

Monkey and the little one by Claire Alexander

A very sweet book about friendship, this would also be an excellent choice to share with a child whose younger brother or sister just wants to be near them ALL the time.

Monkey puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Monkey puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Written and illustrated in quintessential Donaldson-Scheffler style, a butterfly helps a little monkey to search for his mummy.

Monkey and me by Emily Gravett

Monkey and me by Emily Gravett

A little girl and her monkey toy swing through this book visiting and copying the animals they meet in Emily Gravett’s first book. It won her a New Illustrator award and feels as fresh today as it did back in 2007. It’s a delight from the off.

Beginner reads about monkeys

The hungry little monkey by Andy Blackford

The hungry little monkey by Andy Blackford

Now remind me, how do you open a banana?

Cheeky Monkey’s big race by Ann Cassidy

Cheeky Monkey's big race by Ann Cassidy

A colourful story with lovely bright illustrations, perfect for children who have just started to read alone. This cheeky monkey is on a bicycle, by the way and he races against a girl driving a car.

Clever little monkey by Penny Dolan

Clever little monkey by Penny Dolan

This river bank = clever little monkey; far river bank = bananas; in the river = crocodiles…

Mr Monkey and the magic tricks by Linda Chapman

Mr Monkey and the magic tricks by Linda Chapman

About a magic toy monkey who comes to life in a classroom in time to deal with the school bullies

Junior novels about monkeys

The Twits by Roald Dahl

The Twits by Roald Dahl

Have you met the Muggle Wump monkeys? Together with the Roly Poly bird they hatch a plan to teach the truly dreadful Mr and Mrs Twit a lesson. This is a beautiful picture book edition of Dahl’s classic story, perfect for showing off Quentin Blake’s iconic illustrations. We’ve got smaller editions too of course.

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

We have several titles about Pippi Longstocking and her monkey. She is “the only girl in the world who can do exactly what she likes,” and though only nine years old she “lives in a cottage with a horse and a monkey.”

Chuckle Bob’s great escape by Jeremy Strong

Chuckle Bob’s great escape by Jeremy Strong

Published by Barrington Stoke, this story of a naughty monkey, adopted by a family after he escapes from the zoo, has a “dyslexia friendly” sticker on it, so it would be great for struggling readers.

Monkey business by Anna Wilson

Monkey business by Anna Wilson

Felix Horatio Stowe has several normal pets, but feeling his life is dull without something more exotic, he determines to adopt a monkey via the internet.

Jo Dixon

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