343K: Jojo the Monkey

I am trying to track down a children’s book I had growing up in the late 70s/early 80s. It was a hardcover book (I think it was green) and it was entitled something like “The Adventures of Jojo.” The book had a lot of illustrations and featured a little monkey called Jojo. i used to LOVE the book, but can’t seem to find any info anywhere. Please help.

12 thoughts on “343K: Jojo the Monkey

    1. rayna

      thanks so much for your reply, but upon researching “monkey island,” i don’t think that’s it. i’m pretty sure the title has “jojo” in it. if you have other suggestions, i’d really appreciate it.

      1. Todd

        Hi there. I think we might be looking for the same information. I still have my copy of my JoJo book, but it’s in pretty bad condition…missing the cover (which was a sort of light green, if I recall correctly) and the endpages, so I don’t know the book’s title or the author’s name, unfortunately. In any case, it’s very much in the vein of Richard Scarry in that there are lots of labels in the illustrations to identify people, animals, and objects. Jojo the monkey appears in the book in various guises…at a museum, at his house, taking photographs at a city park, and so on. Sound familiar?

          1. Jojo

            Hi! Did anyone discover the name of this book? I believe my family is in search of the same book as described..

        1. Malcolm Aschebrook

          I am also on search of this book. It is very much like you described being like a Richard Scarry book. Though my book was new when I was young, early 80’s. I would give almost anything to be able to find a copy, I wish I had the title or author. I know there was a poem in it called “The Everything Tree” as well as Rhyme Time, and The Sillies with Silly Millie and Silly Billy.

          1. Todd

            THAT’S IT! THAT’S THE ONE!

            I was starting to believe I was the only one who had a copy of this book!

            I’ve Googled “The Everything Tree” so many times with no results. And of course “JoJo the Monkey,” but that never worked either. I’d love to know the book’s title and the name(s) of the author/illustrator.

    1. Todd

      That’s awesome that you found it, Malcolm! But looks like the link is now dead, unfortunately. Did you get the book? If you could share the title and author’s and/or illustrator’s name, that would be great!

  1. Todd

    Mystery finally solved. I searched Amazon with the keywords “Jojo,” “monkey,” and “book,” and it came right up. Why I never bothered looking on Amazon or eBay or any online used book seller before is beyond me. Guess it just seemed too easy.

    The title is “Picture Word Book,” which makes perfect sense, given how I described the book before. It was first published in 1975, which hews fairly closely to my memory. I’m pretty sure I got my copy as a gift in 1976 or so. (I was just a little kid at the time but a precocious reader.) The book was part of the “My Weekly Reader” book series.

    The author was Adelaide Holl, who apparently wrote a number of Little Golden Books, including “Colors Are Nice,” another one I remember from childhood, as well as several books in the “Poky Little Puppy” series, and others.

    The illustrator was Alfred Perry, who appears to have illustrated several children’s books, including “Garbage Can Cat” by Joan Austin Geier, as well as a number of puzzle books.

    Thanks, Malcolm, for setting me on the right path!

    I think I have reclaimed some headspace, now that this 46-year-old mystery has been solved.


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