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Children’s Hour: Monkey Puzzle


Children’s Hour is a feature posted every Thursday here at Lucybird’s Book Blog. Children’s Hour is my time for reviewing children’s picture books. In my job in a nursery I encounter lots of children’s books, and these are the books I use for Children’s Hour.

You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

We have recently introduced Monkey Puzzle and The Gruffalo to our toddlers, and both have been rather popular. Monkey Puzzle follow a monkey and a butterfly as they look for the monkey’s mum. Butterfly tries her hardest but just keeps getting it wrong. The kids love pointing out what the different animals are and laugh when monkey dispares of butterfly, especially when it’s the elephant again.

No! No! No! That’s the elephant again!

As with all of Julia Donaldson’s books Monkey Puzzle has a rhyme and rhythm to it which makes it easy and interesting to follow, and of course it’s accompanied by those beautiful pictures by Axel Scheffler.

It’s probably a bit more simple in storyline terms than most of Donaldson’s other books but I think that makes it a good introduction to her work, it’s easier for younger children to follow.

Buy Monkey Puzzle:

Paperback (£4.00)

Board Book (£4.79)

Big Book (£10.87)

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