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Amazon Editors recommend this book for readers who enjoy chapter books with more complexity or entry-level middle grade novels.

Carnegie Medalist Mal Peet and his wife, Elspeth Graham, team up for a captivating, lushly illustrated tale evoking a Chinese legend. (Age 4 and up)

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Tashi lives in a tiny village at the foot of the mountains, below the tea plantations where her mother works. When her mother falls ill, Tashi goes alone to the plantation, hoping to earn money for the doctor. But she is far too small to harvest the tender shoots, and her clumsy efforts anger the cruel Overseer. She is desolate, until -- chack-chack-chack! -- something extraordinary happens. Inspired by a centuries-old legend of tea-picking monkeys, here is a richly told tale full of vivid characters: the heartless Overseer, the enigmatic Royal Tea Taster, and -- far away -- an empress with a penchant for tea.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—Tashi''s mother labors on a tea plantation in the shadow of the Himalayas. One day she is too ill to get out of bed. Tashi knows that without her day''s wages, they won''t have money for a doctor, but without medical care her mother won''t get well enough to work. "The problem went around and around. It was like a snake with its tail in its mouth, and Tashi was frightened by it." The child tries to pick tea herself, but she is too small to reach the tops of the plants where the tender new leaves grow. She retreats in tears, only to be comforted by a troop of monkeys she has befriended. And then the magical element of the story emerges: the monkeys climb into the mountains and pick the rarest and most sought-after tea leaves in the world. The Royal Tea Taster samples the leaves in Tashi''s basket and pays her a handsome sum, with the promise of more in the future. This story, inspired by tales of tea-picking monkeys of the Himalayas, would be merely pleasant were it not for Wijngaard''s expressive, richly detailed ink-and-gouache illustrations. Tashi''s solemn face as she comforts her bedridden mother, the dynamic depictions of the Tea Taster swishing tea and spitting out a mouthful, the play of light through the branches under which the monkeys eat fruit, and even the delicate tracery of a decorative pattern on the bottom of each page all contribute to the thoughtful bookmaking.— Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Taking cues from Chinese legend, husband-and-wife team of Peet and Graham create a unique story set in an unspecified past. Tashi, a young girl, walks with her mother every morning to the tea plantation. While her mother and other women pick tea leaves under the scrutiny of a slimy overseer, Tashi heads off to share fruit with a group of feisty monkeys. When her mother becomes too ill to work, Tashi attempts to fill her shoes, but gets laughed off the field by the overseer. Distraught and worried there will be no money to pay for a doctor, she retreats to her secret spot. The monkeys snatch up her tea basket and disappear up into the mountain mists, returning with a basketful of nearly glowing tea. When the Royal Tea Taster appears, he nearly swoons over the rare tea in Tashi’s basket and pays her handsomely for the bounty. The tale has the feel of a time-honed fable—simple, elegant, and moving—which is especially well complemented by Wijngaard’s sumptuous illustrations. Grades 2-4. --Ian Chipman

Review

The poetic text is vividly descriptive. . . . The deftly spun, emotionally resonant fairy-tale story … begs to be read aloud. No design detail is overlooked, from the gorgeous cover (and its glossy, raised, curling, monkey-shaped tea steam) forward.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

About the Author

Husband and wife team  Mal Peet (1947–2015) and  Elspeth Graham wrote four books together:  Cloud Tea Monkeys, Mysterious Traveler, Night Sky Dragons and  The Treasure of Pirate Frank. Mal Peet also authored several YA novels, including the Carnegie Medal–winning novel  Tamar, the  Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book Life: An Exploded Diagram and three Paul Faustino novels:  Keeper, The Penalty, and  Exposure.

Juan Wijngaard has illustrated more than thirty books for children, including  Shakespeare’s Globe: An Interactive Pop-up Theatre and the Kate Greenaway Medal–winning  Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady. He lives in New Mexico.

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M_M_M
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Enchanting & gripping tale for slightly older children
Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2019
Beautifully illustrated short story that evokes both historic & fairy tales one encounters in regions across the globe.
This story takes place in the east - most likely India. Both my 8 year old nephew and 10 year old niece were enchanted by the tale & illustrations.
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A wonderful find
Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2010
Sitting down for a morning cup of tea with my husband, I began to open the latest package from Amazon to share with him. "Not more books!" he sighed. I had ordered this one because of its Juan Wijngaard illustrations. Our family has nearly read to pieces our copies of his... See more
Sitting down for a morning cup of tea with my husband, I began to open the latest package from Amazon to share with him. "Not more books!" he sighed. I had ordered this one because of its Juan Wijngaard illustrations. Our family has nearly read to pieces our copies of his Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady, so I knew that Cloud Tea Monkeys would be visually exquisite. What I didn''t expect was a text that was exquisite as well. Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham know how to "show not tell":
"The sun had not yet found a way through the mountains, but it was coming; a light the color of lemons was soaking into the sky and painting out the stars."
"The overseer laughed an ugly laugh full of brown teeth."
"His mustache was like a spread of snowy wings."
"Then from under the cloth there came a good deal of sniffing and snuffling: short shallow snuffles and then some long deep sniffs and then the kind of gasping that comes before a sneeze. Then another, longer silence. A hand came out from under the cloth. The fingers clicked again....When Tashi saw his face, the Royal Tea Taster no longer looked stern; he looked like a man who had seen an angel."
We read on. As I finished the story, my husband dabbed his eyes with his napkin,"It''s OK, you can keep ordering books."
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Wonderful, a classic.
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2016
This book deserves to get a lot more attention. It is one of those children''s books that may be remembered into adulthood. The basic plot is easy for young readers to follow, but within the deeper layers and greater complexity, there are themes of class, poverty,... See more
This book deserves to get a lot more attention. It is one of those children''s books that may be remembered into adulthood. The basic plot is easy for young readers to follow, but within the deeper layers and greater complexity, there are themes of class, poverty, kindness, women''s working conditions/equality, unlikely heroism, the value and capability of animals, and a touch of magic. My son and I both declared Cloud Tea Monkeys as a "very special book" upon first read, and cannot wait to read it again and again.
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This is a good one
Reviewed in the United States on May 30, 2013
This is a beautifully illustrated book with a long but well told tale. It has a touch of magic, a big helping of multicultural exposure, and captivating artwork on every page. When I finished reading it to my daughters for the first time, the four and a half... See more
This is a beautifully illustrated book with a long but well told tale. It has a touch of magic, a big helping of multicultural exposure, and captivating artwork on every page.

When I finished reading it to my daughters for the first time, the four and a half year old immediately took the book from my hands and started turning the pages herself, reviewing the full color pictures. "I liked this book" she said solemnly. Me too.

It''s worth getting your hands on.
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Lovely Story, Beautifully Illustrated
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2019
Our family has read and re-read this book many times. Most recently I took it to a 3rd grade class to read aloud. The children all loved the story and it was new to most of them. It''s a tale of love, magic, and has a happy ending with no major horrors along the way. Lovely... See more
Our family has read and re-read this book many times. Most recently I took it to a 3rd grade class to read aloud. The children all loved the story and it was new to most of them. It''s a tale of love, magic, and has a happy ending with no major horrors along the way. Lovely prose and beautifully illustrated.
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All ages.
Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
Great book for all ages.
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Get in touch with your Inner Monkey
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2014
An excellently written story with charming illustrations. I found and bought some monkey picked tea to sip while reading. If you want to get in touch with your Inner Monkey, there is no better way than this.
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Beautiful illustrations and story
Reviewed in the United States on October 2, 2016
Stunning illustrations, really great story
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This book is a lovely book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 25, 2019
A beautiful book one of my favourites
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A must for anyone who loves a story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 17, 2020
My whole class are hooked and the use of it as a hook for writing has been immense!
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Just beautiful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 18, 2021
This is such a beautiful story - exquisitely illustrated. Both my 6 & 8 year olds love it.
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A beautiful and magical story
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 25, 2020
This book featured on The Book Club Show on Inspire FM where I interviewed a group of young readers aged between 9 - 13 years, they loved the book, as did I! There is something magical in the way the story is told and the beautiful illustrations bring the book to life -...See more
This book featured on The Book Club Show on Inspire FM where I interviewed a group of young readers aged between 9 - 13 years, they loved the book, as did I! There is something magical in the way the story is told and the beautiful illustrations bring the book to life - highly recommend!
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A beautiful book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2020
A fab book that my year 5/6 class loved. Well-written and beautifully illustrated
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