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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.