Sanderijn van der Doef, Psychologist specialising in Sexuality Education
I am a big fan of hugging, holding hands and having arms around me. But I hate tickling. I thought I was the only one in the world who hates tickling. But after reading this book, I know I am not and more, I know I can say 'no'. This book tells children the key principles of 'consent': ask first, you have the right to say 'no' and always respect other's 'no'. I am sure not only children will benefit from this book.
Michelle Diaz, SRE Consultant
Ask First, Monkey is an ideal resource to use with young children to address issues of consent, understanding personal boundaries and considering the feelings of others. Addressing consent at this age empowers children to understand their right to say "no" to unwanted touching and to consider how their actions may impact on others. Foundations necessary to equip children with skills for later in life as their relationships change. This resource achieves this in an age-appropriate, entertaining way - an excellent resource for parents and teachers alike.
Joanna Nadin, author of 'Joe All Alone' and 'The Worst Class in the World' series
A punchy, funny story but an important one too, as Monkey is stunned to discover that not everyone loves to be tickled. I nodded in agreement as Lion Cub, Goose, Frog and friends all protested, and smiled when Monkey realised that, in future, he needed to ask first. A clever fable about consent, couched in genuine humour.
Sophia Bennett, author of 'The Bigger Picture'
This is such an important book for schools and families to share. Told with gentle humour, it will give children the tools to navigate their friendships and the confidence to say no. Juliet Clare Bell always writes with heart about subjects that really matter. I would press Ask First, Monkey into the hands of every reception class and mother and toddler group!