Product Details
List Price:
3 to 7
P to 2
Trim Size:
9" x 9"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62979-100-5
Full-color illustrations
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Little Monkey loves to fly high and quick through the trees on Papa Monkey’s back. And Papa teaches Little Monkey how to stay safe. But when Little Monkey slips, tumbling to the rain- forest floor, and an ocelot stalks her, does she know what to do? Yes! Just as Papa taught her, she flies high and quick from vine to vine where Papa is always looking out for her.   This story about celebrating independence with the comfort of a father’s love includes an author’s note about pygmy marmosets—the smallest monkey in the world.


"Bold pencil lines, atmospheric watercolor washes in bright greens, browns, and yellows, and double-page spreads…perfectly convey the drama and energy of jungle life. Exaggerated close-ups of Little Monkey's face capture her range of emotions, from exuberant joy as she rides on Papa's back to paralyzing terror as she faces the unknown. Exciting jungle high jinks starring one adorable little monkey and her protective Papa." —Kirkus Reviews

"As a baby pygmy marmoset rides on her father’s back, he shows her how to 'read' the jungle landscape for predators… and to stay safe…. The wide-eyed primate heroine is cute and plucky, and Judge’s… woodsy-toned watercolors create moments of high drama… an evocative story of survival of the itty-bittiest." —Publishers Weekly 

"This fast-paced adventure in a South American forest will have readers on the edge of their seats…. The illustrations… bring heightened tension and emotion to the crisp, lilting text…. An author’s note at the end tells readers more about the story and about pygmy marmosets, including that the father provides much of the childcare. This dad and daughter escapade will easily engage audiences who like drama and action in their nature stories." —School Library Journal

Meet the Author

Sarah L. Thomson

Sarah L. Thomson has written everything from picture books to young adult novels. The Dragon’s Son, a young adult novel, was a JLG selection, earned two starred reviews, and was on VOYA’s Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror list; Dragon’s Egg was a JLG selection and a Maine Lupine Award winner. She lives in Portland, Maine. Visit

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Meet the Illustrator

Lita Judge

Lita Judge is the author-illustrator for over a dozen fiction and nonfiction picture books which have received numerous awards including the Jane Addams Honor, ALA Notables, and Kirkus Best Books list. She lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Visit

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