Written in a captivating rhythm with vivid, vibrant images, Bolo the Monkey is the story of a young, daring little monkey who dreams of making a difference in the world.
Bolo leaves the forest and goes out into the world to learn new things and new ways of doing things. He returns to the jungle with a daring idea to be a sweet potato farmer instead of foraging the forest for fruits, which is the way monkeys have always lived.
Despite his best efforts he first meets with failure and ridicule but Bolo refuses to give up. He continues to believe in his dream and learns to overcome. He is showered with praise and reaps great fame for his efforts.
Best Children’s Picture Book – Reader’s Choice, 2013
Best Children’s Cover – Nat’l Book Awards JA 2013
“The bespectacled, quietly ambitious Bolo is a stalwart companion for young readers set on harvesting their own dreams. Burke’s gentle rhyming cadences of poetic prose are vividly accompanied by the illustrations of Nicholas Martin: the result is a lushly imagined forest, and a monkey-farmer with an irrepressible spirit certain to be appreciated by the adults reading this tale aloud to their little adventurers.” ~ The Caribbean Beat
“This story is moving and timeless and will appeal to all ages.” ~ Diane Browne – Author, Winner Commonwealth Children’s Prize