Tales For Your Monkey's Mind

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
138 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2015
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Author Biography

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.”

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ryan Jordan for Readers' Favorite

Tales For Your Monkey's Mind by Steve Michael Reedy is a collection of short stories for children about growing up and having to face real life. The running theme through the novel is that simply growing up and acting like everybody else isn't a great way to live. The first story shows a child who loves to play with toys, but when he turns thirteen he is supposed to grow up and work in the toy factory. When he visits the factory the day before he turns thirteen he learns a terrible secret. Many of the stories have themes about growing up, and all of them are punctuated by excellent drawings scattered throughout.

These are the highlight of the work. The stories themselves are well-written, although a little heavy-handed, but the artwork is spot on for bringing these stories to life. There is a clever end to each story that presents the next character and adds continuity. My favorite story was the one where everyone grows up and dresses like a clown because it has a very positive message for little girls, especially that they are beautiful exactly as they are and don't need to look like a 'clown' just to fit in. Tales For Your Monkey's Mind by Steve Michael Reedy is a true win that parents can enjoy with their children and one that will help spread positive messages. Really excellent book! I enjoyed reading it.