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Free Monkey World Tour: Girl Meets Monkey

June 12th, 2007 (06:41 pm)
happy

Current Mood: flattered
Current Song: Don't Do Sadness from Spring Awakening

A very special guest arrived yesterday -- a small visitor who goes by the name Free Monkey.

He may appear to be "a simple sock monkey in a T-shirt," but he is a complex creature with a story all his own. He was born in England, then adopted by author Maureen Johnson, who brought him to the United States. Last month, Maureen decided to send him around the world on his very own tour.

I happened to interview Maureen this month. Here's how she described the Free Monkey World Tour:

"Because I can only go so many places to promote Girl at Sea (I have to be at my desk, writing), my companion and consultant FREE MONKEY offered to go to various places around the United States and the world to spread the word. The tour got off to a great start. Free Monkey went on a pre-tour visit to Hank Green (of Brotherhood 2.0 fame), and then [went on] to visit you!"

I was pleased to be picked as one of the hosts. Here's how day one of our visit went:

Yesterday, after Free Monkey emerged from my mailbox, he recovered quickly from his jet lag and was eager to see what I was doing. I showed him around my place, and he settled right in.

I apologize for the poor quality of these photos. I got a digital camera. It didn't work. I used a camera phone instead.

Free Monkey World Tour
Stop One, Day One: Girl Meets Monkey



Free Monkey pays me (Little Willow) a visit



Free Monkey sits on the throne
to honor the memory of my cat Hollywood
and to compare wings with Tinker Bell


Dangles meets Free Monkey


Free Monkey reads Girl at Sea,
written by his owner, Maureen Johnson


Free Monkey sits in front of
a pyramid of Maureen Johnson books


Free Monkey reads banned books, and so should you!





After snapping these photos, Free Monkey sat down at my computer and wrote an email to his owner.

Dear Maureen,

I'M HERE!

Little Willow seems happy to see me. She introduced me to her boss and her summer helpers at the bookstore. I also met a stuffed monkey named Dangles, which came from Little Willow's fake brother KAM. (He doesn't know Uncle John or Uncle Hank, though.)

Now she's home, so we're going to watch a movie with some lady named Barbara Candlestick -- oops, she said the last name is actually Stanwyck -- and post at her blog so everyone knows I'm here.

Have fun in Georgia!

From your favorite V.I.P.*
Free Monkey

*Very Important Primate


What happened next? Check out Day Two: Take Your Monkey to Work Day.

Want to know more about the monkey, the myth, the legend?
Maureen tells the tale of Free Monkey
Read the Free Monkey World Tour announcement
Check out all of Maureen's posts about Free Monkey (Thanks, Technorati!)
PG Tips Monkey website and shop
PG Tips Monkey @ Wikipedia

Comments

Posted by: Heidi R. Kling, Author of SEA, June 10, 2010 (seaheidi)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)

Welcome Free Monkey and how sweet of your surrogate mother to surround her w/ things that remind you of home: your mom's books. =) Have a fun slumber party guys!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
dancing

Thanks! :)

Posted by: Rebecca (rebeccael)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:19 am (UTC)

Awesome! He seems to be having a good time. :D

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
happy

He keeps singing the song "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here" from ANNIE. It's pretty keen.

Posted by: Rebecca (rebeccael)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:31 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)

Posted by: Rebecca (rebeccael)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 14th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Rebecca (rebeccael)
Posted at: June 14th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 14th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Lisa Schroeder, Author for Kids and Teens (lisa_schroeder)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)

You are SOOOOO lucky! I heart Free Monkey. Give him a kiss for me, will ya?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Without a Trace

Twist my arm. :) (Twist his, actually. My shoulder hurts.)

Posted by: Emily (mooseonski)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)

He looks quite happy! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)

Indeedy tweedy.

Posted by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes (jenlyn_b)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:51 am (UTC)

I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of Free Monkey's visit. I'm a primate girl at heart!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)

I attempted to give the photo of Dangles and Free Monkey a sassy caption, such as "Pri-Mates" or "Primates and best mates," especially since Free Monkey is British, but I feared I'd lose the American audience in translation. ;-)

Posted by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes (jenlyn_b)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 03:00 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes (jenlyn_b)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)

PS: Does Free Monkey have a tail? I have been wondering this for quite some time- I *think* I see one in this picture, but I've never actually seen it before, and that made me worry that he didn't have one, which would mean that he isn't a monkey. Obviously, this has been a matter of great concern to me. But he does have a tail, right? That's not just a shadow?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:13 pm (UTC)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

He has no tail. He has two eyes, the left larger than the right, four limbs, and a pouch-like mouth.

Posted by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes (jenlyn_b)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)

I'm very excited to read about Free Monkey's experiences so far. Can't wait to read the next!

Dawn
www.xanga.com/justanothersunrise

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)

Thank you. Nice to meet you.

Posted by: SarahsBooks (sarahsbooks)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)

Holy Ned!

Who do you have to know to become a Free Monkey hostess?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)

Free Monkey can't fingerspell. He doesn't have any fingers.

http://maureenjohnson.blogspot.com/2007/05/free-monkey-world-tour.html
http://maureenjohnson.blogspot.com/2007/05/new-york-office-is-once-again.html

Posted by: SarahsBooks (sarahsbooks)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)

Posted by: stef (daisyxrain)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 03:17 am (UTC)
me: brick - awww

How fun! I hope Free Monkey has a lovely time during his stay at Casa de Little Willow. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:15 pm (UTC)

YEE HAW!

Posted by: broken fairytale (new_toy)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 05:27 am (UTC)
mason [oh goody]

Dear Free Monkey,

You are absolutely adorable, have fun at Little Willow's abode. I'm sure you'll have fun there.

Maren

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)

*Monkey waves to Maren*

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)

Are you watching Ball of Fire?!!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)

We watched Ladies They Talk About on TCM.

Ball of Fire is one of my top two Barbara Stanwyck films, the other being The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)

Posted by: capri pants. leather sandals. pregnancy. (37piecesflair)
Posted at: June 14th, 2007 02:21 am (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 14th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)

Posted by: kathyerskine (kathyerskine)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 12:13 pm (UTC)

Oh, this is great! We sent a monkey on a trip, too, a couple of years ago. My daughter made it herself (she's a great 2-dimensional artist but 3-dimensional art? Not so good). "Chimp" went to Orkney, islands north of the Scottish mainland and went to school, marched with the bagpipe major, danced at a ceilidh, etc., (we have pictures!) despite his looks. Upon seeing Chimp, our friends asked, in that understated British way, "Do you live near a nuclear power plant that's recently experienced a leakage?"

Happy visiting, Free Monkey!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)

Nice to meet you. Good luck with your new book!

Very cool. Pictures are worth a thousand words. :)

Posted by: crissachappell (crissachappell)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)

That thing is adorable!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)

He likes your name, and now he's saying it in an exaggerated French accent.

Posted by: crissachappell (crissachappell)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Meghan (reader_meg)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)

AWW! He's so cute. And I have that same monkey, Dangles.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC)

The monkeys here wave to the monkey there.

Posted by: stephhale (stephhale)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 09:39 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 13th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)

Posted by: romanovprincess (romanovprincess)
Posted at: June 14th, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)

LW,

I was reminded of this quote: “If you had a million Shakespeares, could they write like a monkey?” by Stephen Wright. I wanted to hear your thoughts on what in the world this guy wa trying to say, if you have a clue you are smarter than I am by far. But I wonder, can FM write? He should. But we shall have to tell his next surrogate mama.

RP <-- NOTE. NOT rest in peace, but romanov princess.

P.S. I got home fine, I'm alive, and not in trouble as of yet.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 14th, 2007 12:22 am (UTC)

Glad that you are safe and sound.

That quote is in reference to the infinite monkey theorem.

Posted by: Inklingmuse (inklingmuse)
Posted at: June 14th, 2007 06:11 am (UTC)

Free Monkey has arrived safely! I am a fellow reader of Maureen's blog, and an avid Free Monkey fan girl. Love the pictures, where will FM go next? I must say though that I think we should have a long talk with Maureen about whether or not she knew that FM HAS NO TAIL! Is she holding out on us, her faithful readers?

Have fun you two, and post more pictures of your adventures soon!

-Hannah (A Fellow MJ and FM lover)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 14th, 2007 12:22 pm (UTC)

Hi Hannah! Here is the recap for Day Two: Take Your Monkey to Work Day:
http://slayground.livejournal.com/246567.html

He will go to Rebecca next.

Posted by: dessdefygravity (dessdefygravity)
Posted at: June 15th, 2007 12:47 pm (UTC)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: June 15th, 2007 12:48 pm (UTC)

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