Monkey Dude has been with me since 1987. This is what he looked like when I got him. I have no idea what happened to the sunglasses.
Originally, I think he was my supposed to be my brother’s and I got the parrot or the panda puffalump (this was during the short-lived Puffalump craze of the late 1980’s). But I whined and complained more than your average 8 year old, so eventually my mom gave in and let me have the monkey. (Note: I still whine and complain more than your average 8 year old nearly 30 years later)
Monkey Dude has lived with me in seven houses, 6 apartments, 1 college dorm, and taken countless trips with me across the world with me. I returned from day 1 of nErDcampMI in 2015 to the Hampton Inn to find housekeeping having a little fun.
(and no, Colby Sharp, it wasn’t Monkey Dude who set off the fire alarm either)
In college, I majored in Computer Science and minored in Math. I took only two writing classes in my four years, one being technical writing for Computer Science majors. The other was my Freshman Writing course. In that course I actually wrote an autobiography of Monkey Dude (yes, written from his perspective a la Toy Story). It might have been one of the most fun writing assignments I’d ever done.
And here we are today:
I should probably stitch up the hole in his belly. And maybe patch up his nose. And probably wash him (it’s been a few years). Cause I’ve spent more nights with this little dude than anyone. And I don’t think I could sleep without him.
Josh Funk writes silly stories and somehow tricks people into publishing them as picture books – such as the Award-Winning Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast and its upcoming sequel The Case of the Stinky Stench, along with Pirasaurs!, Dear Dragon, and more. Josh is a board member of The Writers’ Loft in Sherborn, MA and the co-coordinator of the 2016 and 2017 New England Regional SCBWI Conferences. Josh grew up in New England and studied Computer Science in school. Today, he still lives in New England and when not writing Java code or Python scripts, he drinks Java coffee and writes picture book manuscripts. Josh is terrible at writing bios, so please help fill in the blanks. Josh enjoys _______ during ________ and has always loved __________. He has played ____________ since age __ and his biggest fear in life is being eaten by a __________.
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