ooh ooh ooh, monkeys!

by mari

Manuela Israeli Toy Design Stuffed Modern Monkey

For whatever long-winded combination of toddler-based reasons, my little 2 year old is in love with monkeys. She likes kitties, and puppies too, but to hear her yell “ooh ooh ooh” every time we see a primate is rather hilarious. Being the toy-obsessed mother that I am (hey, it’s my business, afterall!) I’ve been on the lookout for particularly feisty monkey designs. If you want sock monkeys, etsy has them in spades, but we already have one and one is enough. Nope, we need something with more oomph! And I think I might have found it.

I’ve featured this little company before, Manuella’s bunnies had me mesmerized last year. But if you go over to Coolil, you’ll find the whole range of Manuella wonderfulness: elephants, mice, monkeys, ducks, backpacks, drawing dolls, and bookends. It turns out Manuella is based in Israel, and the entire Coolil site is devoted to great Israeli design. It doesn’t surprise me in the least to see so many great finds coming from Israel. In the world of toy design there are several wonderful Israeli design firms responsible for some of the toys you’ve seen in stores. But Coolil has gathered the perfect selection, and I think we may need to collect one of each.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jo Green February 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I love Monkeys too, that one sure if a cutie! I wasn’t aware there were good designs coming from Israel, thanks for the tip!


2 Esther May 12, 2019 at 7:39 pm


I am looking for the monkey stuff toy by manuella. Could you please contact me on this? Thank you.


3 Esther May 13, 2019 at 3:45 am

Hi, I would like to purchase this monkey. Please advise. Thank you.


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