I have decided to take the plunge and write a book. I have dreamed since I was a little girl to be an author. Although life has taken me on a variety of other paths: administrator, office manager, world traveller, photographer, glaminatrix, counsellor, and now mother- I am ready to create a new project for myself. Over the past few months reading children’s books to my little monkey before bed I have started thinking more critically about which books were good, which were not great and why. I found books that rhymed funner to read (Xavier, not yet speaking even one word seems to like them more too) however some rhyming books had choppy awkward lines that didn’t fit and broke the flow of the whole book. Some of the best things in children’s books seemed to be: having a positive message, great illustrations, funny parts, and repetition of lines or sounds. I had the most magical inspiration one day while reading to Xavier, a thought crossed my mind of parents eagerly waiting to hear whether they are having a boy or a girl and find out they’re having a monkey instead. I had this idea because pretty much since birth I have been calling Xavier monkey (actually more often than I use his real name) and he has been in so many ways like a tiny monkey boy. Then I thought well what would this monkey book be about? Other than all the adorable ways that babies are like monkeys. Then I realized this is about something we all go through, especially as your children- the desire to feel loved, accepted and to fit in (with family, friends, society, etc) for who we ARE- not who we are EXPECTED to be. And so that is what this book is about. Monkey Baby doesn’t need to find himself…he’s a baby…he knows who he is…its everyone else who needs to figure out how to interact with him, and include them in their activities or their lives. I really can’t wait to share more of this journey with you. I’ve included the first rough concept sketch of what the monkey baby will look like. This is going to be VERY exciting…for you too! You’ll be able to be included in this journey AND I will give you the opportunity to make the lives of children better while you purchase Holiday gifts!