The Adventures of Gracie & MonkeyBear

Book 2: Winter

Children - Picture Book
34 Pages
Reviewed on 10/28/2017
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Author Biography

Born to a loving mother with little money, but an abundance of imagination she shared with C. S. during long walks, bike rides before helmets, and nightly readings from mountains of books. Stories of giants and elves, mythical beasts and powerful maidens filled the world of C. S. from the earliest of memories.

After finishing graduate school, C. S. O'Kelly sold off all five possessions, purchased a 1974 Ford 19 foot motorhome and went north. After ten years in SE Alaska, C. S. landed in warmer climes on a small ranch in Northern California where crafting stories and storyworlds seemed as natural as raising organic free range chickens (named after Stars Wars characters) for eggs only.

To this day, C. S. travels the world, but always comes back to the small ranch with a home built with C. S.'s own hands near San Francisco, California. The philosophy that we enter the world with innate, powerful and beautiful imaginations is the core for all of C. S. O'Kelly's works and a belief that permeates all things C. S.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Adventures of Gracie & MonkeyBear: Winter, Book 2 is a children’s picture book written by C.S. O'Kelly and illustrated by Jordy Farrell. Gracie and MonkeyBear loved having adventures, and so Gracie was thrilled to announce that there had been a visitor to their backyard the night before. Snow was lying thick on the ground as the two explorers started to examine the evidence, and they could hear strange sounds coming from the corner of the yard where there was a pile of shoveled snow. Approaching more closely, they noticed that a tunnel had been dug into the snow and the noises were coming from inside. They climbed inside and discovered a yeti, who was understandably quite concerned about his yak. Yomo Yak had made that classic error of judgment and licked the ice. Now, his tongue was stuck, and there was nothing Yeshi Yeti could do to help his friend. Gracie, however, had a plan, and she was quite sure it would work. Solving problems like this one was all in a day’s work for her and MonkeyBear.

C.S. O'Kelly’s children’s picture book, The Adventures of Gracie & MonkeyBear: Winter, Book 2, is a picture book that deftly interweaves fantasy, humor and kid-size steampunk fantasy. Once I discovered, along with them, the yak with his tongue stuck to the ice, I couldn’t help but revisit in my mind the classic movie, The Christmas Story, and feel once again that uncanny blend of humor and pity at the poor yak’s plight. This book also provides yet another compelling reason why all kids should have a dog as their companion. Gracie and MonkeyBear’s friendship is a marvel to behold, and their adventures show how incredibly well they work together as a team. And it’s all about teamwork and compassion and ingenuity. Jordy Farrell’s illustrations are marvelous and highlight the Jules Verne-like atmosphere that makes this book so special. The flying sled is marvelous, and its occupants even more so. Designed to get kids and adults dreaming and imagining, this book does its job perfectly. The Adventures of Gracie & MonkeyBear: Winter, Book 2 is most highly recommended.

Bob Ashebury

We received both books as a gift from Amazon and at first I was a bit skeptical, but my granddaughters laughed throughout all of Book 1 and then were a bit scared and cheered 'the rescues' in Book 2. I'm sold on Ms. (or Mr.) O'Kelly's incredible imagination and the illustrator is top notch.

Quirky in the best sense of the word and the kids love the books and that is what counts.
Book 3?

Eva Cortez

We just read this book in my 1st Grade classroom and the kids loved it! For all the schools out there, C.S. O'Kelly is big on acess for libraries and elemetary schools. I contacted Lore Mountain Productions and they sent (emailed) me a PDF of Book 1 & 2 that we could project onto our classroom wall! No charge and they did not even ask if we bought the book, but simply thanked us for supporting indie publishing.

We love this series and Lore Mountain Productions! The book has already been "projected" onto half the walls in our school and even the 5th/6th grades enjoyed it :)

Thank you, C.S.!!

T. Rutherford

My kids love the book and loved the first one. I'm taking off a star until they give us an ebook option! These are 'creative' books written for kids.

An instant favorite

After Book 1, my grandkids couldn't wait to embark on another adventure - and Book 2 surpassed our greatest expectations. An instant addition to our nighttime reads, that never fails to elicit tension and laughter.

R. Bowman

Are you kidding me? Our family (and I mean entire family) got a kick out of Book 1: Summer. Book 2: Winter is at least as good and maybe better? Challenge is, our friends borrow them and never bring them back. We may go for the ebook next time :)

Pressures on C.S. O'Kelly! WE WANT BOOK 3!!

T. Jones

Grandkids are all in with Gracie & MonkeyBear. My wife gave Book 1 &2 as Christmas gifts and I am the official 'reader' of our picture book collection. Kids were plastered to the pages.

Original books, just different and I found that both have Kirkus Stars and 'Best of' listings. I agree with other reviews, these books are harder to find. Why?

Highly recomend for those looking for something special to read to their little ones.

J. Marks

At first I was not sure about these books. They are different, but once I read them with my boys, I'm quickly became a huge fan. Both my boys were active in reading, laughing and even becoming a bit scared (Thunder Dragon) through book 1 & 2. Great content.

Different can be great and these books are exceptional on the creative-front.

Rich Hughes

I like these books, but my girls LOVE them. For a parent they're 'left-field creative' & my wife who teaches 2nd grade is a huge fan. Great series and whish I could find them locally here in St. Louis! Amazon again...

T. Carter

My children (ages 3, 6 and 8) enjoy these books. Seeing the main character looks like them is empowering for them and me.

Thank you, C.S. O'Kelly!


My kids favorite series! GO Gracie & MonkeyBear!