Do Your Children Know it is Important to be Kind to Animals?

Do your children know it is important to be kind to animals?

I wrote Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey for my youngest grandson when he was only three. He wanted a book about his favorite stuffed animal, a monkey. He was so proud of the finished book and showed it to all his friends in preschool. What a feeling for me that he loved his book! It made my day!

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Bring home Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey to your children today and see how happy they will be as they dance along with Sebastian and Marvin. A fun story for young children PS-Grade 3. Have fun with Sebastian today!

The life lesson that children will learn from Sebastian is always be kind to animals. All Jemsbooks children’s books are in rhyme with fun adventures.


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’.

Here are some reviews from Amazon:

Mrs.D.5.0 out of 5 stars No More Sad Monkeys!Reviewed in the United States on 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 stars Fun for you and everyone at the zoo!Reviewed in the United States on June 3, 2015Format: Kindle EditionJanice 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

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 stars AdorableReviewed in the United States on June 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

Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars Its amazing what fun music can bring into ones lifeReviewed in the United States on February 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!

Blessings & Hugs!

About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 33 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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