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This is another legendary story from Julia Donaldson a children's author probably most well known for "The Gruffalo". It is illustrated by Axel Sheffler who illustrates many of her books. The pictures are vibrant and detailed and make any child want to continue turning the pages. It is 24 pages long and is published by Macmillan at a price of £5.99
It is a story about a monkey who has lost his mum. He's crying and is found by a butterfly who is determined to help. She gets small clues from the distressed monkey and jumps to conclusions often suggesting the most hilarious creatures as the monkey's mother. A very funny story with a text that trips of the tongue just like many of her other books. The question is... will Butterfly ever find monkey's mum?
This story is a clever story with a punch line that is appreciated by adults and children on different levels. My children love the silliness of the suggestions from the butterfly and they love spotting all the creatures on each page which are beautifully illustrated. I love the clever ending and it makes me smile every time I read it. Its certainly one of those classic books that can be read again and again.
This book also comes in audio form read by Imelda Staunton. Its a firm favourite by both my children and keeps them quiet in the car for ages.
Can butterfly help little monkey find his mum? Yes, finally, but only after a lot of trial and error as butterfly misunderstands monkey's descriptions and leads him to all sorts of unsuitable animals.