A lively traditional tale from South Africa celebrating the joy of music and dancing

Fiddle dee dee! Monkey up a tree. Lucky monkey! Lucky me!
Luckiest monkey in the whole country.

Monkey is delighted to find a musical bow and plays it happily until he attracts the attention of Cheetah and Lion. They both want the bow for themselves, but once Monkey starts to play, no-one can stop dancing - even if they want to!


Dianne Hofmeyr grew up in South Africa. She has written many books for children including The Magic Bojabi Tree (also illustrated by Piet Grobler) and Zeraffa Giraffa with Jane Ray, translated in many languages. Her latest picture book, My Daddy is a Silly Monkey, is published by Otter-Barry Books in May 2017. She loves doing workshops with children and enjoys their creative responses to her stories.

Of his work, Piet Grobler says, "I simply tell stories with my paintings". But it is a magical simplicity, rich in suggestion and resonance. He has illustrated many highly acclaimed books, most recently the anthology of African stories with Beverley Naidoo, Who is King?, and is the recipient of many international awards, including the Golden Apple at the Bratislava Biennale for Illustration and a Silver Medal in the Japanese Noma Concours. Piet Grobler lives in South Africa.

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