Monkey Made of Sockies New Children’s Book Paints Smiles on Readers’ Faces

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New Children’s Book Paints Smiles on Readers’ Faces Each turn of the page is like comfort food for the heart.

Sometimes people both young and old need to escape the mundane doldrums of everyday. With colorful streaks of oil paint and ink on clean white pages, Shannon Grissom invites readers to visit a world of whimsy and light in her new children’s book, Monkey Made of Sockies (now available through AuthorHouse).

An artist by trade, Grissom revisits carefree days of imagination and innocence through her colorfully illustrated book. A child visits Grammy’s house and is left with a number of toys to choose from. However, the child picks the sock monkey because his smile is comforting and reassuring. With each turning page, Grissom draws readers deeper into the sock monkey world that hides inside the magical walls of Grammy’s house.

Through eloquent, colorful paintings, the reader skips through this loving world as they learn why the child prefers the sock monkey to the other toys. With a bright smile that lights up any imagination, the sock monkey helps readers reach the sky, lie in the grass and happily pass the day. The result is a heartwarming picture book that expands the imagination.

A beautiful book rendered with love and care, Monkey Made of Sockies is perfect to be shared with children, adults “and people who like to smile.”

An award-winning artist, Grissom is the host of the television series, “Give Your Walls Some Soul.” A San Jose, Calif., native, she began oil painting in 1992 and became a fulltime artist in 1999. She is represented by Leo Licensing, LLC, in Cookeville, Tenn., as well as Haddad’s Fine Arts in Anaheim, Calif., and Malovani Design in Paramount, Calif., and currently maintains a studio in Hollister, Calif. After her mother passed away, she inherited the sock monkey. Inspired by the toy’s joyful smile, she gathered items and created her first still life as a playful tribute. As she painted, the story grew, which eventually resulted in Monkey Made of Sockies, her first book. For more information, visit her Web site at

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