Night Monkey, Day Monkey

When they try to play together, Night Monkey and Day Monkey find out how differently they see the world. From fireflies to butterflies, shadows to parrots, they just can’t look at things in the same way. But do you know a secret? Getting on with someone else doesn’t mean you have to be the same as them. And in spite of all their contrasts, these cute and cuddly monkeys soon learn to be the best of friends!

  • A charming rhyme by the author of The Gruffalo
  • Explores individuality, opposites and night and day
  • Introduces the notion of differing perspectives
  • Children will love the warm and witty illustrations

“Reassuring and funny, this is ideal bedtime reading.” Independent on Sunday

“A charmingly rhythmic poem… a clever way of reassuring small children about night-time.” The Evening Standard

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  • loved it

    when i read this book at school i loved it so when we went to the libray we saw day monkey and night monkey home

    7 April 2014

  • This is about 2 monkeys with two different ways of living.

    9 March 2014

  • This is about two monkeys with two very different ways of life.

    6 March 2013

  • My sister loved this book

    6 March 2012

  • its ababy book but i still like it a lot

    2 March 2012

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    Julia Donaldson

    Julia Donaldson is one of the UK’s best loved authors, known for brilliant picture books like The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man. She was also the Children’s Laureate 2011-2013.


    Julia has won many major book prizes, including the Smarties and Blue Peter Awards for The Gruffalo, the Blue Peter and Sheffield Children’s Book Prizes for Room on the Broom, the British Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year for The Gruffalo’s Child and the Red House Award for Super Worm. Julia was also the Children’s Laureate 2011-2013.

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