Review sponsored by Monkey Mind Tales
The Children’s Book Review | September 21, 2017
Written by Steve Michael Reedy
Illustrated by Tom Fee
Hardcover: 159 pages
Age Range: 8-12 years
Publisher: Monkey Mind Tales (2017)
What to expect: Fables, Life Lessons
In More Tales for Your Monkey’s Mind, author Steve Michael Reedy introduces a series of short stories with marvelous morals and interrelated themes. Readers will be shocked, surprised and thrilled as they turn the pages of these short, but thoroughly engrossing, tales.
The stories take place in small towns where things are not always what they seem. Chock full of details and smart dialogue, readers will quickly be swept up in the intrigue. The first tale centers on a nefarious chef that makes some outsize claims all while some purples hippos are dancing about. One smart child figures out the scheme and makes some surprising decisions to outwit the crooked chef.
In another tale, a large clock in the center of town can be seen by everyone, far and wide. But this is a clock unlike any other, a “complex marvel of mechanical ingenuity” that controls all the comings and goings in the town. It tells the people when to wake up and when to leave for work, when to eat and when to sleep. But what happens when one young boy is always late?
Young children manage to decipher the clues and solve the mysteries in these clever tales. The stories encourage children to be themselves and to dream and sing and enjoy the pleasures of childhood without succumbing to the bad intentions of some adults. More Tales for Your Monkey’s Mind is sure to please even the most reluctant readers with its fast-paced prose, interspersed poetry and detailed illustrations. The cleverly written moral tales will also be a good jumping off point for parents and children to delve into larger questions of good and evil.
About the Author
Steve Reedy, MA, LPC, began writing at age ten when his younger sister asked him to write a short story for her English class. The story went on to win his sister several awards. Later he decided to write his own stories and win his own awards. He received his undergraduate degree in Theatre, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received a master’s degree in counseling at Argosy University’s College of Psychology and Behavioral Science in Dallas, Texas, and is a licensed professional counselor. Reedy also holds licenses in varying forms of bodywork and teaches classes in Reiki, yoga, and meditation. He teaches as an adjunct professor, and has experience teaching and counseling children, the latter lead him to be featured in “Dallas Child Magazine.” To learn more about the author, and his work, visit: www.renewed-spirit.com.
About the Illustrator
Tom Fee’s life long goal has been to never lose his imagination. He began drawing when he was nine years old, and grew to become an Art Director, Designer and Creative Director in small design studios. Then in 1990 he went independent and opened Tom Fee Graphic Design and has continued to work as an illustrator for over twenty-five years. He has lent his talents to a variety of children’s books including “A Tree Full Of Animals,” “The King of Camelot,” and “Revenge of The Snowman,” by R. L. Stine. He also illustrated a set of bi-lingual grade school books, “Just Because You Think Differently” and “Homes In Unexpected Places”. Finding an illustrator that can see into your mind is difficult. Reedy was thrilled to find someone who was not only talented, but understood what he was trying to achieve through his storytelling. Fee continues to work as an illustrator in Dallas, Texas and can be found at www.tomfeeillustration.com.
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