Scribd Editor's Pick: 'The Brave Monkey Pirate'

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"The Brave Monkey Pirate" by Hayes Roberts
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With its universal tale of overcoming fears and venturing into the unknown, "The Brave Monkey Pirate" is a children's book that's a favorite among Hayes Roberts' thousands of (grownup) fans on Scribd.

The book takes a whimsical approach to the very real childhood fear of getting shots (Roberts wrote the book with the input of his kids!). However, what you'll notice immediately are the wonderfully delightful illustrations of the little monkey's journey to a faraway land. It makes you want to, quite literally, dive right in.

Read this book to your kids before their next doctor's visit or to yourself before a big presentation. The 5-year-old in you will be glad you did.