Monkey See, Monkey Draw
  • Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2011
  • Price: $17.95
  • Trim Size: 8 12 x 12
  • ISBN: 0-8109-8970-0
  • EAN: 9780810989702
  • Page Count: 48
  • Illustrations: 48 pages of full-color illustrations
  • Format: Hardcover (Self Ended)
  • Rights: World/All
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The monkeys that live at the foot of the Mbuno Hills in Africa love to play games. One day while playing Elephant in the Middle with their large friend, their ball, a nut from an ancient baobab tree, rolls into a cave where the troop of monkeys never go. It is dark inside and possibly filled with horrible beasts! When they venture in, they discover instead that the walls are covered with paintings of animals. Elephant shows the monkeys how they too can create artwork using their hands and feet as “stamps” and mud as their medium. But things are never quite as easy as they seem.

Artist Alex Beard brings his love of exploration and painting to life with his signature animals in this charming tale about creativity and overcoming fears.

About the author

Alex Beard is an artist whose work has been shown in New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, and Hong Kong, among other cities. He is also the author of Abrams’s Jungle Grapevine, which Publishers Weekly called “visually compelling.” He lives with his wife and children in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he has a gallery. Visit him online at