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The Chimpanzees of Happytown [Hardcover]

Giles Andreae , Guy Parker-Rees
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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4 May 2006
Life is no fun for the chimps in Drabsville - the mayor demands that all their houses look the same and that no one should have a good time. But things take a more colourful turn when Chutney arrives, carrying a tiny seed in a box...Follow the story of Chutney as he and his beautiful tree help to spread colour and happiness throughout the town, in this glorious new picture book from Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard Books (4 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843628783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843628781
  • Product Dimensions: 29.8 x 24.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 588,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Giles Andreae is the award-winning and bestselling author of Rumble in the Jungle, Giraffes Can't Dance and The Lion Who Wanted to Love. Giles is also the creator and voice behind Purple Ronnie. He lives in London.

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Life is no fun for the chimps in Drabsville - the mayor demands that all their houses look the same and that no one should have a good time. But things take a more colourful turn when Chutney arrives, carrying a tiny seed in a box. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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There was a town not far from here Called Drabsville, USA, Where all the houses looked the same And all of them were grey. Read the first page
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly lovely picture book 13 Nov 2006
By ELH Browning VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Saw this on the shelf in the bookshop with its bright and cheerful cover, and couldn't leave it behind. It's a smashing story, with the great combination of Andreae's rhyming text and Parker-Rees bright fun illustrations and all three of my children (aged 2-6) were taken with it immediately. At the beginning, chimpanzees trudge through a grey town and then a cheerful chimp, Chutney, arrives with his brightly coloured umbrella and plants a seed which grows bigger and more colourful with love and care. Although the mayor is against it, led by Chutney, the town also blossoms into a more beautiful fun-filled place. My children particularly love the page showing the new children's playground with the banana roundabout and the watermelon bouncy mat, and the following picture of a chimpanzee street carnival. This is a great book, beautiful to look at, a lovely story and an underlying message for the parent who reads it about allowing your little chimpanzee the freedom to blossom. Giraffes Can't Dance by the same talented pair was an absolute classic and I think this one pretty much matches up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly lovely picture book 16 Mar 2008
By ELH Browning VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Saw this on the shelf in the bookshop with its bright and cheerful cover, and couldn't leave it behind. It's a smashing story, with the great combination of Andreae's rhyming text and Parker-Rees bright fun illustrations and all three of my children (aged 2-6) were taken with it immediately. At the beginning, chimpanzees trudge through a grey town and then a cheerful chimp, Chutney, arrives with his brightly coloured umbrella and plants a seed which grows bigger and more colourful with love and care. Although the mayor is against it, led by Chutney, the town also blossoms into a more beautiful fun-filled place. My children particularly love the page showing the new children's playground with the banana roundabout and the watermelon bouncy mat, and the following picture of a chimpanzee street carnival. This is a great book, beautiful to look at, a lovely story and an underlying message for the parent who reads it about allowing your little chimpanzee the freedom to blossom. Giraffes Can't Dance by the same talented pair was an absolute classic and I think this one pretty much matches up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book 10 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an absolutely wonderful story of optimism and positivity. It is all in rhyme which the kids adore. It is very humourous and the illustrations are great. There is so much detail in them and you notice something different every time. My children, literally want to live in the story, they love the rocket ship and banana slide especially. My daughter (5yrs) knows the words by heart and my son (3yrs) is learning them. We bought it as we had borrowed it from the library repeatedly. I would recommend this for children from the age of 2yrs upward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story 27 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
This book has a beautiful message and great colouful pictures. My 2 year old loves it
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely read for kids and parents 30 July 2007
By R. Mann
Format:Paperback
My 3 1/2 year old loves this book so much. And even after many many repeated reads, I enjoy reading it with him. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous and full of many things to discover and explore. The story is funny and uplifting, and the rhymes are pleasing rather than painful. After countless reads, I am still noticing new things in the pictures. I recommend this book heartily to all parents of 3-4 year olds. We have several books by the same author and this one is the clear favourite (for us both).
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book 7 April 2014
By Emhub
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a lovely colourful book which is inspiring to young children, my 3 year old loves it and so do i!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favourite books 26 Feb 2014
By Ruthie
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This is a real favourite, a lovely story with good meaning and a nice happy cheery tale. Illustrations are really fantastic too. I enjoy it almost as much as my son!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 5 Oct 2013
By Claire
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I absolutely love this book which I bought to share with the pre-school aged children I work with. It really got them thinking about the importance of the environment as well as being a great story with lovely illustrations. Fans of Julia Donaldson should try this rhyming story. Definitely one of my (and the children's) favourites!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Happy
My grandson was delighted with this book as it was just what he wanted having read another book by same author
Published 10 months ago by M A Upsdell
4.0 out of 5 stars Idealism in Children
A great story with a moral which should appeal to the idealism in young children which, with the guidance of parents, should prove an inspiration.
Published 12 months ago by Irene Lancaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant!
This book is simply brilliant! Well written and beautiful illustrations. A must have purchase whether you have young children or teach a class - it really is good!
Published 24 months ago by Polly
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for little ones
Our kids - 4 and 2 - love this story about Chutney who plants a tree in Drabsville where everything is grey and boring, and eventually convinces the townsfolk to celebrate their... Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by sam k
5.0 out of 5 stars fab book.
This is one of my son favorate books, loves the monkies and the tale of that you should do things that make you happy and not always do as you are told .
Published on 13 Feb 2011 by ossy lass
5.0 out of 5 stars We're talking revolution here
How do you explain to your young child what is going on in the world and why a nation's people rise up in protest? This book does just that. Read more
Published on 5 Feb 2011 by D. Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely wee book
great book, my 3 year old has read it som much in the last few weeks that she has memorised all the words. The images in the book are really well done too.
Published on 8 Oct 2010 by Mr. James D. Kennaway
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly brilliant book
I love this book, as do my boys (3 and 5 years). It has a serious message wrapped in a heartwarming and happy tale. The illustrations are fantastic with wonderful colours. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2010 by Caroline
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This book is absolutely fabulous. Highly reccomended for children and a pleasure to read for their parents. My kids and I enjoy the sentiment of this heart warming book.
Published on 1 Dec 2009 by Mrs. S. N. Hoey
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