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Dear Space Monkey,

I saw the art for the new Mr. Lunch book at the show in L.A. "Free Lunch" seems to be about Mr. Lunch and birds, elephants and bakers and JAIL. Can you tell me anything more about it? I know Mr. Lunch is based on a real dog, do you have birds, too?

Talia

*This letter was responded to by the factory's Head Manager

Talia,

Book No. 3 in the Action Adventure Lunch Series, FREE LUNCH.

We have no pet birds of our own. A lot of hummingbirds visit our factory grounds in spring and summer. They can't resist our fuscia or eucalyptus trees.

What can I say about that book, except be prepare for some valuable lessons available to all within our slim volume.
Such as:

1. Be mindful of elephants...stay on their good side.

2. Remain on good footing with all of your nearby bakers.

3. Know the importance of keeping fresh treats nearby.

4. Staleness is a form of imprisonment of it's own impunity.

5. Freedom is just another word for being out of jail.

the Management


Hi Space Monkey,

I'm grad to meet you. I am a Japanese girl. Call me Asami. I love your funny face very much!

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Asami,

I'm sure I love your funny face, too, thank you very much.

Mr. Space Monkey


Dear Space Monkey,

How was it in space? Was it fun? Did they have T.V. up there? How was the food? Did they have drinks? I really enjoy you Space Monkey. Please send back.

from,
David Murphy

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Dear David,

The rocketship was a restricted area. No drinks allowed back then. I think they were worried I might spill or something. There may have been a t.v. on board, I never had a minute to stop and look for one, there were definately a lot of screens and other electronic stuff. If you think of any more specific questions, send them on over.

Your friend,
Space Monkey


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Dear Space,

How many bananas do you make and which forest do you hang out in and do you know where kiwis come from?

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Yes, kiwis come from the ornate kiwi bush. A wonderful shrub to see! You asked about my making bananas. I wish I could unlock mother nature's secret to banana production--but I'm not sure how it works, so instead I am a happy consumer of the smooth fruit.

All my best,
Space Monkey


Hi Space Monkey,

My turtle has three legs, the forth is a stub! He likes space monkey and wants to take a trip to space on a "Turtlecraft"

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

In a perfect world the turtles would be moving in many directions. They are of course very adaptable, unflappable, and able to get round without a lot of fourth leg footing.

At the next turtle summit wouldn't it be wonderful if besides all of their usual chatter about water weeds and mud they had reports on space travel and deep sea investigations. Please send my deepest respect to your hard shelled pet.

Saying good-bye,
Space Monkey


Dear Sir,

It appears from your correspondence that you know Mr. Lunch and his collegue, Ambrose. I was wondering if, since you can fly, you ever considered asking Ambrose for a stab at being a chasee in Mr. Lunch's bird-chasing office. Perhaps it would provide a nice break from your duties as CEO. Or does Mr. Lunch chase only birds?

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Why Alex,

You flatter me. I've only just begun flying lessons...the idea of having an expert bird-chaser behind me. It's too much. Super Computer ran some numbers on the the idea and they equaled a big: NO WAY.

Space Monkey


Dear Space Monkey,

Imagine my surprise! While staring at von Weizsacker's diagram, I suddenly realized that it looks exactly like the old alarm clock I had when I was shorter (and younger I guess) Everytime it would go off it would make a sound very similiar to that of my mom saying the word "wiseacre" (except in the case of my mom you could usually make her stop doing that - unlike that poor clock which sadly met its fate one Saturday morning when I accidentally threw it across the room and accidentally broke it for good.) And people say there are no truths but the ones you leave behind - huh!

Your devoted fan and admirer,
Brian McDonald

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Brian,

Yes, von Weizsacker's theory is often dismissed as nothing more then a good looking diagram. But we have received many letters, much like your own, that show the stealth effect of this theory on human beings. This is some very strong stuff, and nothing to monkey around with.

The monkey


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Hey Mr. Monkey,

Have you considered going on another space mission? I would like to hear more about your adventures in space. matter? anti-matter? What's your take on that? Did you encounter anti-matter while you were in space? Where can I purchase one of those monkey business products? It would be a lot of fun to see you on television, your story would make a great cartoon.

Linhwang

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Listen my friend:

It appears circumstance will be, Ah Yes, forcing me back out into space in my next book. Dark forces are tugging...the book is practically sci-fi.

Space Monkey


Space Monkey,

I was wondering why Mr. Lunch likes to feed the birds.

From,
SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Dear Will,

The dog's name is Lunch (as in lunch) and he knows the importance of a good meal. Or, even more so, a good seed.

Oh, thank goodness he knows that elephant who picks out only the best of seeds for the birds. Some say that is the secret to Mr. Lunch's bird-chasing success.

I got the inside line,
Da Monkey


Dear Space Monkey,

I enjoyed reading your book which I did just 2 days ago. I have a question. I know things behave differently in space. Like you can float around because there is no gravity. And spaceships can go really fast because there is no air. Are the Laws of Spelling different too? I always thought correspondence was spelled with an 'e' but you use an 'a' on your home page. Or maybe this is special Space Monkey code which means "help, I'm being held captive in this web site... somebody save me!" If that is what it means then let me know and I will try to save you.

Your friend,
Bruce

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Listen my friend, Bruce Balan,

Some people are so smart, and knoe exacatly where every vowel goes.

We are aware we have some problems with English. You have to understand it is neither mine, or Penelope's, mother tongue. And everyone knows that super computer has got some bug's circulating in her system. Thanks to your spelling aid via our internet, we will repair the error you write of.

Mr. Space Monkey


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Dear Space Monkey,

Greetings from the Mile High City! My friend Erik and I are tremendous fans of yours (and Mr. Lunch's). We were both wondering whether, on one of your next intergalactic journeys you might be stopping off in Denver to either refuel or sign copies of your book. We would love to have you visit!

Barry E. Norenberg

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Why Barry E. Norenberg,

We have not been to Colorado since some Naropa Institue Beatnik thing in the eighties. We only travel to Italy these days. It's the noodles. Book tour stuff is limited. We have to do it virtually, or virtually not at all. Our darling publisher might send us to Seattle.

Telling it straight.
The Monkey


Dear space monkey,

Thank you for coming back from space and making such a good home page. The books look like they might make an interesting x-mass presant for my mother.

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Mr. Talk,

Considering a little holiday shopping are you? Show your mother the two Monkey Business Headquarters spreads. In the beginning of the book there is a very pregnant lady. In the second one, same location but time has moved on, the same woman now has a baby strapped to her chest, and a young girl by the hand. (The young girl bares a strong resemblance to the picture book heroine, Madeline.)

Take it from me, mother's love this kind of stuff.
Space Monkey.


Dear Space Monkey,

Do you have any favorite children's books? Who are you descended from in the world of literature and illustration? Sometimes I look at you and think you're a distant relative of the Happy Hockey Family or Sanrio's monkey character.

James H Spain Greene

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

James,

I've been told I'm related to Curious George but it's so distant it's hard to articulate the connection. I love to read "Goodnight Moon," to all of the little chimps. Especially the ones who foresee space travel in their own future.

M. Sasek is my favorite picture book drawer. And those Happy Hockey people are good looking...but they're so rude.

Your le singular friend,
da monk.


Space Monkey,

I have a cold right now and I was wondering if it was possible to catch a cold in space.

Zoe

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

My dear friend Zoe,

Yes, you can get very cold in space, it's freezing. Penelope says to drink plenty of fluids. Don't sip - gulp.

Offically yours,
Monkey Business Headquarters


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Dear Space Monkey,

I was in a Borders Books in Anchorage recently. I was perusing the "children's" book section when I happened upon multiple copies of your brand new book "Moan-key bees-u-nees-u." This pleased me and filled me with a sense of optimism that maybe--just maybe--things would turn out alright. The purchasing agent for this particular store had been doing his/her homework. Good for them.

But, it was also at about this same time that I noticed these same books were being ignored by the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of holiday shoppers whose minds were obviously elsewhere (in the computer section, under "Windows '95").

I said to myself: "Are they mad?!" Clearly.

All I can say is: "I hope you become filthy rich from your endeavors so that you may travel at your leisure, eat whatever foods you desire, and one day know the love of a kind, female monkey (are you a boy monkey or a girl monkey)?"

I will be happy to do whatever I can to bring to reality a string of Monkey Business Theme Parks that stretch around the globe. My site suggestions: Kiev, Urbana, and Easter Island.

I first saw your stuff in Venice (the one in Italy) of all places (October '94). Imagine my joy at turning a corner expecting yet another cathedral only to be surprised by Mr. Lunch. Swell.

Thanks. Bye.

SPACE MONKEY REPLIES:

Dear Sir,

Reading your observations was almost like listening to my own brain tick. Kind praise (for me) thoughts of themeparks...

As for Border's Books, I've only been to one. In beautiful Santa Monica, and you mustn't ever tell anyone I told you this but, it had an excellent children's book section. It goes against everything I've ever been taught about chain bookstores, I liked it. Of course I didn't buy anything there. I buy all my book from the little cluster of stores dominated by my own factory.

You asked me if I have a girlfriend. Well, "Robert," I don't really have those kind of thoughts yet. I'm so happy just to watch and help Penelope with any problems she might run into...like a monster from Space (next book idea).

Your really good friend,
Space Monkey


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