Jo Fontana likes to ride her bike, write, and draw in her spare time when she isn’t writing. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her daughter , their cat Fuzztastic, and her anthropomorphic child Turtle Monkey. Every day is an energetic, ‘fuzztastic” train of events. With Turtle Monkey at the head of the train, who knows what’s going to happen next?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I am either reading or doing artwork. I am also a full time student right now, so I am very busy.
What is your writing process?
When writing a story, I usually get a silly idea from something mundane. If the idea is good for a Turtle Monkey book, I write notes and a basic outline. The pieces of the story usually come together while I write it. Many good ideas come from the environment. Children and animals can also be a great inspiration.
A new neighbor moves in next door on the vacant property next to Turtle Monkey’s house. They are elusive and Turtle Monkey believes the new neighbor will be friendlier than Big Ape and Little Ape until things start to go missing around the neighborhood. For ages 4-8. (Word count 2124, 6 color illustrations.)
Turtle Monkey believes in the magic of Sappy Hopper. She is excited when she gets the costume, but will she be able to do magic like she always wanted to? For ages 4-8. (Word count 2081, 6 color illustrations.)
Fuzztastic is lonely, and he is driving Turtle Monkey and Mama Monkey crazy; so they head off to Fuzzy fields to find him a friend. Will the new cat be as special as he is? For ages 4-8. (Word count 2079, 6 color illustrations.)
It’s Turtle Monkey’s seventh birthday and she cannot wait to see what presents she gets. Little does she know that her kitty Fuzztastic has a little birthday surprise for her & Mama as well! For ages 4-8. (Word count 2199, 5 color illustrations.)
Turtle Monkey’s village is being swarmed with grasshoppers, and Turtle Monkey really doesn't like grasshoppers! Mama Monkey takes Turtle Monkey to the beach to wait the swarms out. Will Turtle Monkey be able to overcome her fear of grasshoppers? For ages 4-8. (Word count 2378, 6 color illustrations.)
Turtle Monkey gets in trouble – again – after Fuzztastic gets candy in his fur, so she has to help in her Aunt and Uncle's garden. Will her punishment fit the crime? What will she find in the garden? For ages 5-10. (Word count 2231, 6 color illustrations.)
Turtle Monkey gets her wish and is sent to swim camp for the summer. The only problem is the neighborhood bully will be there too. Will Turtle Monkey be able to survive camp? For ages 4-8. (Word count 2787, 6 color illustrations.)
Turtle Monkey is moving for the first time and is hoping to be able to fit in — but that will be hard, as she is a green monkey. She will have to cope with life in a bigger village and try to make new friends. For ages 4-8. (Word count 2661, 5 color illustrations.)