Harry the Karate Monkey Review.

Disclaimer – I have been gifted a copy of Harry the Karate Monkey, the new children’s book from author Stuart Simmonds for the purpose of this review. The thoughts and opinions in this review are my own. This post contains affiliate links, as a member of the Amazon Affiliates Program I earn commision from purchases of the links contained in this post, this comes at no extra cost to you.

Harry the Karate monkey written by Stuart Simmonds.
Harry the Karate monkey written by Stuart Simmonds.

Review of Stuart Simmonds latest Children’s Book Harry the Karate Monkey.

As you may have noticed throughout posts and other reviews here at Yorkie not just for Dads, me and the girls love books and storytime. Today I am going to be sharing with you another new fabulous book which is out now which is called Harry the Karate Monkey written by the exciting author of the Hannah the Spanner series of children’s books Stuart Simmonds.

Harry the Karate Monkey.

Harry the Karate Monkey is the latest Children’s book which is written by Stuart Simmonds and illustrated by Bill Greenhead. The first in what is planned to be a 7 book series with the next release due out spring 2021.

This book has been cleverly written and the illustrations by Bill Greenhead are bright, colourful and eye catching. For reading wise for my 5yr old it is a bit tricky for her current reading level but is perfect for my older girls who all have thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Fun illustrations and comic book style layout in Harry the Karate monkey.
Fun illustrations and comic book style layout in Harry the Karate monkey.

With the style of the book it is quite comic-esk and has introduced the kids to a comic book style storyboard with how the illustrations and text are laid throughout the pages.

It includes a fair few of the words that my step-daughter Titch is learning at the moment in school along with the level phonetics she is covering.

With the awesome action packed illustrations in Harry the Karate Monkey it is still a great story for storytime with my younger two daughters too, Pig who is 5 really enjoys the strory, she finds it hillarious that Harry the Monkey comes to life and even adds the relation of memories she has of Toy Story and how they come alive which sparks her imagination of if her own toys came to life.

Lucy and her toys in Harry the Karate monkey.
Lucy and her toys in Harry the Karate monkey.

Dads thoughts of Harry the Karate Monkey.

For me I love this book and look forward to the rest of the series, If any book will help engage my girls to read and want to read more then I am all for it. Not only that it is the funky, action packed type of story I love to read to them.

Action packed illustrations add to the excitement of Harry the Karate monkey storyline.
Action packed illustrations add to the excitement of Harry the Karate monkey storyline.

It is the sort of story that you can add in funny voices for some of the Characters such as Agent X, the Professor, Harry the Karate monkey and more. Getting silly and involved like that makes my kids crack up with laughter and elevates that enjoyment with the story.

About the Author of Harry the Karate Monkey, Stuart Simmonds.

Stuart Simmonds, an ex sports coach/cricketer and author of the critically welcomed Watching With My Heroes. Based in Sussex, Stuart is also Father to Hannah and Lucy, the stars of his most important creations.

The first Hannah the Spanner stories were originally written for his elder daughter Hannah, being the amazing father that he sounds, a dads promise is kept and he turned her beloved bedtime tales into books which created the 7 stories found in the Hannah the Spanner series.

During 2020, Stuart Simmonds released his creation of Harry the Karate Monkey, which he had written for his younger daughter Lucy.

The adventures of the cute, but dreadfully behaved monkey are sure to have both children and adults laughing out loud and will no doubt continue to entertain people all over the globe for many years to come, I’m sure there will be lots more to come from Stuart Simmonds.

A message from Dad and author Stuart Simmonds for his daughter Lucy which is in the book Harry the Karate monkey.
A message from Dad and author Stuart Simmonds for his daughter Lucy which is in the book Harry the Karate monkey.

Keep up to date with things from Stuart Simmonds over at the Stu Head website and find Stuart on social media with the links below.

Check the end of this post to find where you can get Harry the Karate Monkey for you and your family and I’ve also added in the Hannah the Spanner books too.

I hope you all enjoyed this review and if you and your kids love reading and storytime too, check out some of my other children’s book reviews too, a mix of fun children’s books such as My Daddy is a Monster, My Mummy is a Monster and My Brother is a Monster by author Natalie Reeves-Billing and The Cheeky Chimps go to the Opticians.

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4 Thoughts to “Harry the Karate Monkey Review.”

  1. Sounds so fun! We love bed time stories too so love your reviews. Can’t wait until my son really likes funny stories!

    1. Thank you. You’ll both be chuckling away at stories in no time. Story times with the younger 2 are one of my favourite times of the day.

  2. Oh I know these books! I actualy spoke to Stuart a little while ago. He’s a lovely guy and Harry the Karate Monkey and Hannah the Spanner are really well illustrated and the characters are great.

    1. They are super fun books the girls love them. I was going to be having a chat with Stuart for the podcast but with the YouTube channel I’ve put the podcast on hold.

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