Chukcha the Mountain Monkey

Children - Animals
64 Pages
Reviewed on 02/18/2015
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Author Biography

Author Tamara Popa loved teaching in preschool settings in Europe, Africa, and now teaches in California.

She enjoys incorporating her love of nature and pets in her children's stories.

Born and raised in her homeland of Nisporeni-Moldova in Europe, at present she resides in California with her family and several pet friends.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Chukcha the Mountain Monkey by Tamara Popa is an adorable story about the bonding between a wild monkey and the people living in the mountainous region of Ethiopia. Chukcha is given a tree house to live in, but her favorite haunt is the neighbor's wall close to two lovely grown tropical trees. She also likes greeting passersby with her chattering voice. Apart from Chukcha, the family also has two other pets; the quiet, well behaved Red Hen and Ellusha the tortoise. Everyone is happy in the household until things start to change with the dry season. Will things remain the same for Chukcha or will her life change after the old landlady moves in?

It's a story that touches the hearts of readers, especially when Chukcha is given to another owner. It's a story of love and bonding of a wild monkey who finds herself going away with another owner in the end. Chukcha's mischief makes the story delightful and brings in some funny moments while reading. Kids will adore the pet monkey and also the Hen and the Tortoise. The black and white drawings are nice and they give life to the scenes and characters as the story progresses. Parents and grandparents can use this book as a good bedtime storybook for their kids and grandkids. The book has some happy moments and sad moments, which make the story adorable as well as heartrending. Readers will love Chukcha and her antics after reading the book.


I got the chance to read the book from a friend of mine. It was a fun read, especially the descriptive moments of all the pets and how they interact with each other i.e. the hen " running for her life" and the monkey's adventures with her new found monkey friend in the mirror. It can be a fun read for little ones -- or a good sprinkle of mini laughter before bed time. A cartoon version of all the pet adventures here would be super cool. Hope that happens!


Love your work Tamara! Well and sensitively written.
It is Very readable and understandable. The art work is marvellous!!!

Celma Angela

I suspect that some episodes have occurred in your life .......

Tilahun Fanna

This is an excellent book to read. First of all, the cover of this book is very well designed. I really like it. I opened the page to start reading. Chukcha has amazing story. Even though the book has ended with sad story, it is really fun to read. I have read from this book that the author had many distraction to take care these natures. I was very shocked and funny to me too when I read about your stolen shoes. The first question came to mind was: how come Tamara didn't have dog at that time? I want every body to read this book and has a lot interesting stories in it.
Tamara has unique love for nature. She is very creative. The way how she design using dry flowers is an amazing too. I gave five stars for this book. Excellent and well done from design to writing.
Thank you very much for sharing your story for natures. I would love to read your books.


A great story! Really could imagine what having a monkey for a pet would be like through the great descriptions.


Best book ever!

Muluneh G.Mariam

Reviewed by Muluneh G.Mariam

As positive wishes come true, it is at the early stage of childhood, that children whishes to have various imaginations and demands.
And The Boy and His Pets book written by Tamara Popa is a real and factual event that happened, to see all the dreams of a five-year-old child come to reality. Such a very exiting true story helps kids to understand and identify their imaginations properly, and develop the love of various pets.
This story also tells us that parents need to follow up and identify the needs and wishes of their children, and try to fulfill them to their utmost effort, so that they would be future productive citizens. What is more such a story helps students increase their social interaction paving good ground towards their academic achievements.


I greatly enjoyed reading this book, along with "The Boy and His Pets" and "Chicky the Feathered Pet." I was engaged with Ms. Tamara's storytelling and found each book a delight to read.


Very glad, Liz that you enjoyed the pet stories!
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