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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.