Review – “Monkey Puzzle” by Julia Donaldson

Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson was T’s first book by the author. Although I had got it way before she was 2 years, I introduced it only when she turned 2. There were rejections initially, but once the story was translated for her in Hindi (I now read in English) she started enjoying it and asked for it by name multiple times.

Little baby monkey has lost his mum. He can’t find her. A butterfly tries to help him with hilarious results and no success. When will the baby unite with his mum?


  • The mum touch.
  • Big and clear illustrations.
  • Rhyming sentences can be read out in a sing-song way along with the usage of lots of hand animation.
  • A number of animals are introduced in the story along with their specific features. Though a young reader might not understand the difference completely, with repeated readings, they are bound to remember.

WHAT WE DISLIKED the length of the story is a little long for young toddlers and one might struggle to keep their interest even though they like the book.

This is a must-have. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books (Pan Macmillan) Recommended age 2+ years.


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