Children’s Book Review: The Rare Monkey with The Colourful Bottom. Written by Joanne Gale and Illustrated by Jeffrey Mundell : ISBN:9780993089008



Have I told you how much I love children’s books?

Being a mother of four children from ages 5 to 13, I get to read a huge amount of children’s books. Two of my children, the 6 year old and the 12 year old are also book reviewers themselves, so for a woman who has an obsession with anything book related I am always in book heaven!

What I have come to realise though, from many years of being involved with children’s books, is that the market is vast, especially now as a number of celebrities are taking on the task of producing books for this genre. So, due to the huge amount of children’s books that pass through my door, there has to be a limit on the amount that we can practically keep for ourselves (the hubby can’t possible survive any more random trips to Ikea to pick up the next bookshelf).

I’m therefore pleased to say that The Real Monkey with The Colourful Bottom has made it onto the keepsake shelf!

I had the pleasure of being able to read this unique book to my youngest two bookworms and for the time it took to read it, I had their full attention. I strongly believe that any children’s book should have the principle target of entertaining its young reader first and foremost, but if that book is able to add a moral to its story, then it becomes the perfect children’s book. The Rare Monkey does both.  Almost any parent will know that a book with the word Bottom in the title is guaranteed to catch a child’s attention and once the giggles subsided the story of a beautiful, but visibly different monkey, captivated my son and daughter. As the monkey leaves his home in despair at the difference in his appearance , he quickly realises that we are all in fact different and it is this difference which should be celebrated. The message is quite simple but the illustrations and the striking colour give this moral a life all of its own. A wonderful book to share with your children, I was also impressed at the typeface of the wording which would make it a perfect read for a child beginning to gain confidence in reading independently.

“What counts is being yourself and liking who you are”

 It’s obvious both Joanne  and Jeffrey are passionate about the books subject because it is evident in the whole concept of the Rare Monkey, but what I was also impressed by was finding out that this is a independently published book, personally created and produced to finish by their own hard work alone. This independence also applies to the printing process as it is printed in the UK using only FSC approved paper and they actively encourage the selling of the book through Independent Bookstores, rather than on Amazon.

The Rare Monkey with The Colourful Bottom is a beautiful story, and would be a wonderful addition to any children’s home or school bookshelves.

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