I wrote this story, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, for my youngest grandson when he was only three. He still has his monkey with him when he sleeps. He is now five years old.
Children will learn that is it important to be kind to animals as well as others. All Jemsbooks children’s book carry life lessons that will encourage children to be respectful of others, listen to your mother, accept differences, love oneself, be the best you can be, it is okay to be different and believe in yourself.
This is a fun and musical adventure for children. They learn as they read along or are read to by their parents. Young children in preschool and kindergarten love this book! There are fewer words on each page and more colorful animals to enjoy! Cover and illustrations by John Spina.
Also available on Barnes & Noble.
When a little boy, Sebastian, goes to the zoo he meets Marvin the monkey. Sebastian loves monkeys and likes to watch them climb the trees. Something amazing happens when Sebastian’s toy phone suddenly plays music.
Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey
There once was a boy named Sebastian,
Who visited the zoo with his radio, a distraction.
The music the monkeys heard
Made their dancing quite absurd.
Now the animals are having fun with Sebastian.
Here is another version:
There once was a monkey named Marvin,
Who for love and respect was starvin’.
When along came a boy
with a musical toy
and now Marvin is full of joy and no longer starvin’.
I got a little carried away with these limericks. Sorry! They can get a little silly at times but are fun to do.
Reviews on Amazon:
Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 starsNo More Sad Monkeys!January 22, 2018Format: Kindle EditionWhat child doesn’t like a zoo, where there are so many animals and such fun? Let’s party, kids! This book will make you want to kick off your shoes and turn on the music! The rhyming lines flow smoothly; the colorful illustrations jump from the pages as they bring characters to life…
“Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey” is a fantastic children’s book written by a talented family team, Janice and John Spina. In trying not only to entertain, but also to educate children, the author teaches them the value of respect and love for animals.
Marvin is a sad monkey who never has fun. Day after day, he blankly stares at the people who come to see him. But when a little boy named Sebastian turns his toy phone on and the music starts playing, something magical happens. Suddenly, the zoo becomes a very happy place! Watching Sebastian dancing, Marvin is dancing too! Sad moments are gone. Love’s in the air as fun has begun!
This book is an excellent rhyming book for preschoolers and kindergartners. A trip to the zoo with Sebastian will let them discover how a little thoughtfulness can spread happiness and love around. Read this book! Dance like Marvin! Love like Sebastian! And have fun!
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsFun for you and everyone at the zoo!June 3, 2015Format: Kindle Edition Janice Spina created another marvelous picture book. This time little Sebastian goes to the zoo where he meets a monkey named Marvin. Marvin is a serious monkey. He never seems to have fun. He stares at the visitors and they look back at him. But when Sebastian’s toy radio starts playing music, something surprising happens. Soon the zoo is a very happy place. This is another marvelous, rhyming book by Janice Spina. Preschoolers will love it.
review by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne
Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 starsIts amazing what fun music can bring into ones lifeFebruary 17, 2016Format: Kindle EditionIts a dance party! This book makes me want to turn on the music and dance around! Even without words, the illustrations in this book tell a story in themselves! Its amazing what fun music can bring into ones life 🙂 Thank you Janice for another fun book!
Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsAdorableJune 3, 2015Format: PaperbackAnother Gem by JemsBooks. “Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey” is an fun tale written by award-winning children’s author Janice Spina and illustrated by her talented husband, John Spina, that entertains children and teaches them the value of respect for others, including animals. Go along with Sebastian to the zoo and learn how his love and consideration for the monkeys spread happiness all around. Highly recommended.
Thank you for stopping by to read about Sebastian. I hope you will check this book out on Amazon or Barnes & Noble for some fun reading with your children. A perfect addition to your children’s library.
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Check out the book, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey, by Janice Spina in this post from her blog.
Thank you, Don! 🤗