New book ‘Max and the Monkeys’ teaches children problem-solving skills

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Author Jo Spicer publishes second book in Little Mates series illustrating value of independence

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Ushering in the next installment in her Little Mates series, author Jo Spicer publishes her new children’s bookMax and the Monkeys: Little Mates Series Book 2” (published by Balboa Press AU).

Illustrated by her daughter, Spicer’s new book features a story about Max, the oldest of the Little Mates. One day, Max eagerly visits the zoo so he can see a monkey – his favorite animal. While viewing the monkey’s habitat, Max climbs over the wall and plays with a monkey and its various toys, including a ball, a kite, a tennis racket and a jump rope.

But after a short while, Max realizes he is all alone and unable to get out of the habitat on his own. Searching through the monkey’s toys, he finds a silver whistle that only dogs can hear. Max must then use his resourcefulness to find a method of escape.

Written in rhyming verse, Spicer’s “Max and the Monkeys” is a book that can teach children important problem-solving skills.

“Most children find themselves separated from their parents at one time or another and they can relate to Max when he realizes he is alone,” Spicer says. “They will learn from the book that they don’t need to panic. By staying calm, they can think clearly and work out a solution. This is a fantastic life lesson.”

“Max and the Monkeys”
By Jo Spicer
Softcover | 8.5 x 8.5 in | 24 pages | ISBN 9781452527765
E-Book | 24 pages | ISBN 9781452527772
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Jo Spicer is the author of the contemporary romance novel “Project Tiffany” and is an established corporate, media and nonfiction writer. She lives in Queensland, Australia, and is now enjoying writing for children and young adults. “Max and the Monkeys” is the second book in Spicer’s Little Mates series.

Balboa Press Australia is a division of Hay House, Inc., a leading provider in publishing products that specialise in self-help and the mind, body and spirit genre. Through an alliance with indie book publishing leader Author Solutions, LLC, authors benefit from the leadership of Hay House Publishing and the speed-to-market advantages of the Author Solutions self-publishing model. For more information or to start publishing today, visit or call 1800 050 315. For the latest, follow @balboapress on Twitter and “Like” us at

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