Put a monkey in someone’s stocking this Xmas!

The year of Covid has flown by and Christmas is just around the bend!  If you’re after that unique stocking-filler or fabulous find that elicits the sought after “Wherever did you get this?!”  then check out The Rare Monkey picture books!

“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,” – review by BookWorm Mummy.

Optional gift wrap, dedication messages AND signatures by author Joanne Gale and Yours Truly (who did the squiggles) available at The Rare Monkey Book Shop.

Both The Rare Monkey with the Colourful Bottom and The Rare Monkey Can’t, Couldn’t, Can! are self-published and printed in the UK on responsibly sourced paper-stocks – a ‘Rare-ly’ special gift that supports a small, creative business.

Hope to see you at The Rare Monkey Book Shop and wishing you all happiness and health this festive season!

Kevin Costner: my kinda hero

Robbin Hood by Jeffrey Mundell
(I finished this illustration a few days ago.)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves is probably not Kevin Costner’s favourite role.  He was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for worst actor, while Alan Rickman won a BAFTA for his scene stealing Sheriff of Nottingham; none of which mattered to me:  I was a kid in a cinema, utterly transported by the film.  That’s the magic.  And over the years Costner has produced a lot of it.

Some of my favourite Costner performances include John Dunbar (Dances with Wolves), Elliot Ness (The Untouchables), Frank Farmer (The Bodyguard) and Sonny Weaver Jr. (Draft Day).  He remains one of my favourite American actors and I’m happy he’s still at it.