there's an exhibit of felt (including a monkey) in kyoto, at the gallery inspiblo, a nifty-looking gallery/shop/salon/bar/cafe.
on the monkey theme, i just found an excellent sock monkey book. called 'glove dogs and sock monkeys,' it's pretty incredible in variety and detail of glove and sock animals.
along similar lines of cute animals with human expressions, the following book is exclusively amigurumi cats, but with an exhaustive range of emotions and activities. a lot of them are different places and ways to nap, which i guess is a fairly accurate representation of a cat's life!
'the life of amigurumi cats: a heap of cats'