Mr Monkey and the Magic Tricks by Linda Chapman

Mr Monkey and the Magic Tricks

Written by Linda Chapman
Part of the Early Reader Series

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Ian is always taking things from Ben. His sweets, his lunch, even his skateboard. But when it’s Ben’s turn to take Mr Monkey home from school, magical things begin to happen and it isn’t long before Ian learns that it’s not cool to be mean. This magical monkey Early Reader story is from the million-copy-selling author of series such as My Secret Unicorn and Animal Ark, Linda Chapman.

Red Early Reader books are the next step on your child's reading journey, encouraging independent reading with exciting stories and engaging illustrations. Short accessible chapters make them ideal for newly confident readers - we also think they're great for sharing too!

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert review, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review another title in the Early Reader series, Algy's Amazing Adventures in the Jungle.  You can read their reviews below.

  • Lauren Carver, age 7 - 'This is a great book with lovely imaginative pictures and just the right size chapters for early readers.  My seven year old loved Algy's full name and the adventure!' Read full review >
  • Harry Gray, age 6 - 'I liked reading this book. Algy had a really good adventure. I liked that it had chapters and I would like to read another book about Algy's adventures.' Read full review >
  • Stanley Howarth, age 7 - 'Great adventure story, with fantastic pictures. Algy is very funny.' Read full review >
  • Libby Bridgeman, age 6 - 'A lovely book that we're hoping is the start of a series of advnetures with Algy!' Read full review >
  • Oliver Lonsdale, age 6 - 'Loved it, can’t wait to find out what Algy does next.' Read full review >
  • Daniel Bisland, age 6 - 'I give it 1,000/1,000. I recommend it to people who like adventure books aged 6+. I want to read more of the Early reader books!' Read full review >
  • Daniel’s mum, Cat Bisland - 'We’ve read a few books in this series and would highly recommend them as they are a great starting point for the children. They are slightly longer and are divided into chapters which is great for early readers.' Read full review >
  • Nate Anderson, age 6 - 'It was funny because Algy whacked the crocodile on its head and put a stick in its mouth.' Read full review >
  • Jessica Cobbin, age 7 - 'I read this book all by myself...There are some good pictures and the story is not too long.' Read full review >
  • Ben Fallows, age 6 - 'I loved Algy.  My favourite part was when Algy rescued the glasses.  It was amazing and I read it all by myself.' Read full review >


Mr Monkey and the Magic Tricks by Linda Chapman

Meet Mr Monkey, who belongs to Class Two. He's more than just an ordinary toy. He's magic! No one can quite remember now how long he's been at the school or where he came from, but once a week one of the children has to take him home and write a diary about their time with him. Ben can't stop Ian from Class Five taking his things. But when he's given Mr Monkey to look after, Ben finds out that Mr Monkey knows lots of clever tricks to cure Ian of being so mean...

Early Readers from Orion Children's Books are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Each one is full colour throughout with big bold illustrations on every page.


'Early Readers are a good choice for those young readers beyond the 'beginning' stage who need the reassurance of a familiar format' - Nikki Gamble, WRITEAWAY

About the Author

Linda Chapman is the million-copy-selling author of such series as My Secret Unicorn, Stardust, Skating School, Not Quite a Mermaid and Loving Spirit. She has also written for the Animal Ark series, Rainbow Magic and many more Working Partners series. Linda lives in Leicestershire with her husband, two daughters and their three dogs. Her website is Sam Hearn began illustrating children's books in 2003 and has since worked with publishers like Bloomsbury, Macmillan, Hodder and Scholastic. He is the illustrator of the Charlie series by Hilary McKay. Sam lives in West London. His website is

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80 pages


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Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Publication date

3rd July 2014




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