Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 3
- Grade: p to 12
Your little arms and legs move just like you are a baby monkey climbing into the leafy branches of a tree. But you are not a monkey.
Your nose twitches and your mouth moves as though you are a bunny sniffing the garden air. But you are not a bunny.
Moving from animal to animal, leading to a wonderful surprise at the end, this charming story engages young readers with both the text and the adorable art.
A wonderful gift for both young children and their parents, especially every new parent who can’t stop marveling at their baby.
About the authors
Johanna Skibsrud is a novelist, poet and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona. Her debut novel, The Sentimentalists, was awarded the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, making her the youngest writer to win Canada's most prestigious literary prize. The book was subsequently shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Award and is currently translated into five languages. The New York Times Book Review describes her most recent novel, Quartet for the End of Time (Norton 2014) as a "haunting" exploration of "the complexity of human relationships and the myriad ways in which identity can be malleable." "It is exhilarating", writes the Washington Post, "to join a novelist working at these bracing heights." Johanna is also the author of two collections of short fiction: This Will Be Difficult to Explain (2011; shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award) and Tiger, Tiger (2018), a children's book, and three books of poetry. Her latest poetry collection, The Description of the World (2016), was the recipient of the 2017 Canadian Author's Association for Poetry and the 2017 Fred Cogswell Award. Johanna's poems and stories have been published in Zoetrope, Ecotone, and Glimmertrain Magazine, among numerous other journals. Her scholarly essays have appeared in, among other places, The Luminary, Excursions, Mosaic, TIES, and The Brock Review. A critical monograph titled The Poetic Imperative: A Speculative Aesthetics is forthcoming. A novel, Island, will also be published by Hamish Hamilton Canada in fall 2019.
span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Julie Morstadspan lang="EN-US" style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA"> is an author, illustrator and artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her most recent book for children, How To, marks her authorial debut, and has received starred reviews in Kirkus, School Library Journal and Quill & Quire, as well as a Governor General's award nomination. Books she has illustrated for children include When You Were Small, recipient of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award; When I Was Small, winner of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize; and Singing Away the Dark, which was shortlisted for a number of children's literature prizes.
Sarah Blacker is a writer and editor currently completing a Ph.D. in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. She grew up in Kingston, Ontario, where she and Johanna began writing stories together at the ages of 3 and 4, respectively.
PRAISE FOR Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey:
"Vancouver illustrator Julie Morstad provides beautiful art for this ode to babies. Using her signature nostalgic style and a vibrant palette, Morstad breathes life into the animals on the page. In each colourful spread, she goes beyond what is expressed in the text and supplies a visual clue as to what the next animal will be." --Quill & Quire
"A tender tribute to infancy, aimed at parents (or grandparents) who want to curl up with a baby and a quiet book." --CM Magazine
"This sweet, playful story reads like a poem from a parent to a newborn child." --The Children's Bookshelf
Other titles by Johanna Skibsrud
Other titles by Sarah Blacker
A Rose, a Bridge, and a Wild Black Horse
The Puppets of Spelhorst
Swan (international pb)
The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
Time is a Flower
Where You Came From
Girl on a Motorcycle
It Began With a Page
How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way