Friday, November 7, 2014

Review: It's This Monkey's Business by:Debra Mares

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About the Book:
“Cabana,” a young spider monkey is brought to life to tell her story It’s This Monkey’s Business to help children who are affected by domestic violence and divorce. Cabana, who lives with her parents in a treehouse high up in a rainforest canopy, becomes startled one day from her Mama’s scream, when she is waiting atop a tree branch for her Papa to teach her how to swing. After falling to the forest floor, Cabana frustrated from her parents’ fighting, decides she will search for a new family to be part of. Her persistence is cut short when she braves the river to play with a pink dolphin, unaware she cannot swim. The tragedy brings her parents together to realize they can no longer live together. Cabana reconnects with her Papa, realizing he is the only one that can teach her how to swing.
It’s This Monkey’s Business is an approximately 756 word children’s book targeting ages 4-8, which is set in a rainforest and featuring “Cabana,” a young female Spider Monkey, her parents and rainforest animals. The book is approximately 30 pages long and features full spread color illustrations.

 About the Author:
  In her crime thrillers, Debra Mares brings us up close to murder. It's a world that the author has experienced up close -- since 2004, Debra has been a county prosecutor in Riverside, California, an hour east of Downtown Los Angeles. Her office has one of the highest conviction rates in California and is the fifteenth largest in the country. You name it - she's prosecuted it - homicides, gang murders, domestic violence, sex cases, political corruption, major fraud and parole hearings for convicted murderers. Debra is a two-time recipient of the County Prosecutor of the Year Award and 2012 recipient of the Community Hero Award.

Author Debra is the granddaughter of a Mexican migrant farm worker and factory seamstress, was born and raised in Los Angeles, is the first to graduate college in her family, and grew up dancing Ballet Folklorico and Salsa. Debra's own family story includes struggles with immigration, domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse and teen pregnancy, which she addresses in her novels. Debra followed a calling at 11 years old to be an attorney and voice for women, and appreciates international travel and culture. Her life's mission is to break the cycle of victimization and domestic violence - 1 case, 1 book, 1 family at a time.

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My Review:
 A touching story about a sweet little monkey that goes by the name Cabana, that feels unsafe and unloved in her home because of her parent's arguing. So poor Cabana falls out of her home and decides to go around to each animal she encounters on the rainforest floor and proceeds to ask them if she may join their clan as a way to feel better about herself and feel more loved. Soon after a mishap involving water, her parents come to realize that they are all better off living separately.

 This book is perfect for a child of divorced or separated parents. It shows them that they are still loved and accepted & the parents are the ones that are to blame, not the child. Geared for the 4-8 age group and you can find out more at this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Pump Up Your Book and the author.