Thanking the Monkey Giveaway

I have 3 copies of the new book, Thanking the Monkey, to giveaway! If you would like a chance to win a copy, please leave a comment on this post before 10:00 PM (MST) on May 8th. Please only comment once, and be sure to fill in the email field so you can be contacted if you win. This giveaway is open to those in the USA and Canada, and the winner will be chosen by a random number generator. Winners will be contacted by email on May 9th.

About the book:

The animal rights movement has reached a tipping point. No longer a fringe extremist cause, it has become a social concern that leading members of society endorse and young people embrace. From Michael Vick’s dog fighting scandal to the incredible success of the bestselling Skinny Bitch veggie diet book, animal rights issues have hit the headlinesโ€”and are being championed by students and senators, pop stars and producers, and actors and activists.

Don’t you want to be part of the conversation? In Thanking the Monkey, Karen Dawn covers pets, fur, fashion, food, animal testing, activism, and more. But as the title playfully suggests, this isn’t like any previous animal rights book. Thanking the Monkey is light on lectures meant to make you feel guilty if you’re not a leather-eschewing vegan. It lets you have fun as you learn about Paul McCartney’s love of lambs and why Prince won’t wear wool. You’ll meet Fall Out Boy’s Andy Hurley and Pete Wentzโ€”and their favorite traveling companion, Hemingway, Pete’s dog. You’ll read why Natalie Portman, Alicia Silverstone, and so many of those skinny but not bitchy actresses won’t eat or wear animals. And you’ll laugh over dozens of cartoons from Dan Piraro’s Bizzaro to other animal-friendly comics.

This fun primer for a smart and socially committed generation delivers some serious surprises in the form of facts and figures about the treatment of animals. Yes, it will shock you with tales of primates still used in animal testing on nicotine or killed for oven cleaner. But it will also let you lighten up and laugh a little as we work out how to do a better job of thanking the monkey.

*this giveaway is now closed. Congrats to numbers 97,41, and 72. *

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133 Responses to Thanking the Monkey Giveaway

  1. Janet says:


  2. Suzie G says:

    Sounds like a great read.

  3. Marcia says:

    Looks interesting. Our dogs were beloved members of the family.

  4. tanya says:

    My dog is a member of the family and is treated just as good as the humans in our family. She even has a real mattress of her own instead of a doggie bed. I sure hope more people think about the way they treat animal souls.

  5. delci winders says:

    i’d like to have a copy of the book!

  6. Ilissa H. says:

    This looks like a really enjoyable book. I’d love the chance!

  7. Susanne Troop says:

    I would love to read this book. We love animals.

  8. reeva says:

    count me in – the kids would enjoy this book

  9. Brooke says:

    I would LOVE to read this book. We are big animal lovers in our house.

  10. Stephanie says:

    I would love to read this book. It sounds entertaining, but educational. Thanks for the contest!

  11. Kathy Knutson says:

    This will be a suggestion for my book club.

  12. Veronica Garrett says:

    What a great book-please enter me in the contest. Thanks.

  13. kathy says:

    I’ve never read a book of this type, so this would be interesting!

  14. romero perez says:

    would love to be entered!

  15. Delores Booth says:

    plz include me.

  16. Carissa D. says:

    I would like to read this.

  17. kathy pease says:

    please enter me ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Janice Wright says:

    Nice prize! Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Pat says:

    I read some magazine showing a study about kids who grew up with pets versus those that did not. It showed the a kid with a pet was a much more rounded adult. More compassionate, tolerant of others, etc. For all of us with animals, we know this to be very true

  20. irene diaz says:

    What a great book!

  21. kiyana says:

    Interesting reading! Would love to hear what those people say!

  22. Renee says:

    Looks like a great summer read.

  23. Laureen says:

    I love animals and this looks like an important book in promoting animal rights and welfare.

  24. C Duran says:

    This looks like a very interesting read. I hope I win it!

  25. Rene D says:

    great book, i’d love to win it!

  26. Dale Louderback says:

    Sounds like a great book. I’m a big time animal lover

  27. Angela says:

    Id love to have a copy!!

    I blogged your contest on Prize-A-Tron

  28. Amanda Perron says:

    This book looks great!!! Please enter my name, THANK YOU!!

  29. Linda says:

    great contest

  30. shawna says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  31. Karyn Miskelly says:

    Sound like an interesting read.

  32. Desmond says:

    Count me in!

  33. Marion B says:

    Looks like an interesting book!

  34. Cassandra Janda says:

    Would love to read this!

  35. michelle rosborough says:

    I would love to read this book.

  36. Pamela Hansen says:

    please enter me

  37. Paula S. says:

    Sounds like a very thought provoking book. I would love to read it.

  38. rebecca snodgrass says:

    I would really love to read this one

  39. Elizabeth M. says:

    I’d really like to do some reading on this subject. My daughter turned vegan this past summer and I’m learning so much.

  40. Betsy Pauzauskie says:

    This sounds like an educational and exciting read! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for having such a timely and considerate giveaway!

  41. K. Cleaver says:

    This sounds like a good book.

    My in-laws were visiting this past weekend and they just don’t understand how I can love my animals so much. I was irritated over a few comments they made, but in the end they lose. They have no pets to love.

  42. Ed Nemmers says:

    Sweet niblets!

  43. Karen Gonyea says:

    Count me in !!

  44. Heather Conley says:

    Enter me please.

  45. valorie Hudgens says:

    looks great thanks for the contest

  46. Karen Guiney says:

    Looks like a great book and I’d love to win it!

  47. valerie mabrey says:

    thankis for the contest

  48. Anthony Hedden says:

    enter me

  49. Christine Peters says:

    Thank you! So underestimated!

  50. sherry j. says:

    Great website that I just found. Excellent book to make the public more aware. If I don’t win, I intend to purchase and share. Thank you!!

  51. Don says:

    Looks like an interesting read…thanks for the contest.

  52. christopher h says:

    sounds like a great book

  53. Audrey says:

    I’d love to read this book. Thanks!

  54. lindsey says:

    What a great blog! Thanks for speaking for those without a voice. . . hope I win this book, looks like an interesting read.

  55. j dailey says:

    I’d love to read this book at bookclub!

  56. Keket says:

    This book sounds really interesting. Sign me up!

  57. Ginny says:

    I’ve been doing things for animal rights since I was very little, would love to read this book. Yes I was that kid that refused to dissect frogs & pigs in middle school ๐Ÿ™‚ After my argument for not doing it, I actually managed A’s on both projects as well, lol.

  58. Olive says:

    Thanks for this giveaway! It looks like a great book.

  59. c. clemens says:

    I love all animals but mostly kitties.

  60. Barbara Fox says:

    I love animals so I’m sure I’ll love this book. Enter me, please!

  61. william causey says:

    please count me in

  62. Linda Ellis says:

    adding my entry, I love animals.

  63. sarah says:

    enter me!

  64. Annette says:

    Enter me, please.

  65. Terra Heck says:

    This looks to be an interesting read.

  66. Rose says:

    This looks like a wonderful book!

  67. Miranda Allen says:

    please enter me thanks

  68. Kathy Scott says:

    Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance.

  69. Dawn Bates says:

    I would absolutely LOVE to win this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  70. Sandra Brodeur says:

    I would love to read and share this book. Hoping that I win!

  71. Kimberly B. says:

    This sounds like a fun and enlightening read! I’m already a vegetarian, and I’d love to learn how to do more for our animal friends!

  72. JONI CHADWELL says:

    I just love animals..I hope I win!

  73. Terri D says:

    Count me in!

  74. julie says:

    would really love to read this book then share

  75. claudette flanigan says:

    this sounds great…good luck to me!

  76. Jane Sayers says:

    This would be extremely cool to win!

  77. Angelique Smola says:

    There is no better companion than a dog

  78. hatter says:

    A very unique book.

  79. Nicole says:

    I love the cover art.

  80. Sharon Jones says:

    I would LOVE to win this…thanks so much for great contest ๐Ÿ™‚

  81. Angela J says:

    Sounds like a good book

  82. Patrice says:

    I am a vegetarian and have championed animal rights for years. I think this would be a very interesting book.

  83. Linda Moeller says:

    I have three dogs and a parrot. Enough said!

  84. toasters says:


  85. Catherine copeland says:

    we love animals and we are flexitarians very rarely eating meat so this would be a great book for us as we keep moving towards vegetarianism

  86. Cynthia C says:

    Thanks for the chance to win a thought-provoking book.

  87. Kari Follett says:

    My 12 yr old daughter LOVES animals, she’s a vegetarian and loves to read. I’d give this book to her, thank you!

  88. Jeffrey Beckett says:

    Please sign me up. I am interested in this.

  89. Corey N says:

    Might be enlightening!

  90. Melissa Reeder says:

    I am a vegetarian!

  91. Caroline Morin says:

    Please count me in.

  92. Lesha says:

    Sounds great!

  93. jan koontz says:

    just to cool

  94. EDWINA LANGO says:

    such an important issue, we have to be their advocates!

  95. Shannon Baas says:


  96. Tonya Froemel says:

    like to win this

  97. Gaye McGill says:

    This looks like an excellent book. Thanks.

  98. linda says:

    I’m all for the protection and welfare of all animals.I would dearly love to read this book.

  99. Alicia says:

    My brother met a monkey on a beach in Costa Rica.

  100. Susan Smith says:

    Interesting read

  101. Dan Smith says:

    Please enter me

  102. susan varney says:

    send it and i’ll read it

  103. Brian N. says:

    After all, Homo Sapiens are animals too…..lets hope there arent intelligent aliens out there who would treat us the way we treat the “lesser” animals. It is time Slaughter houses were no longer part of our culture.

  104. Alexandria G says:

    This looks like a fun new way of teaching about Animal rights (Or the basic treatment of them…) It will be a relief from the previous books I’ve read. (Mostly just legalities concerning animal rights in the dusty section of my local library!)

    I’m studying to be an Animal Cruelty Investigator, so this would be helpful if I could win it! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway!


  105. Betty N says:

    I would enjoy this book and enjoy passing it on to others to read. It sounds like a book to reach a lot of readers.

  106. carol says:

    Would dearly love to win this book.

  107. Elaine Rosser says:

    I would love to read this book.

  108. Jennifer Barnett says:

    I am intrigued by your review of the book. Too many books are overly heavy-handed when it comes to discussing issues. This sounds like an amusing book that will inform but not condemn the reader.

  109. Mya Brooks says:

    I volunteer with animals. Trying to find them great homes. I would love to read this!!!

  110. Erin says:

    Sounds very interesting.

  111. Cheryl Free says:

    I’d love to read this ๐Ÿ™‚ *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  112. Andrew Gordon says:

    love to get a new book to read

  113. charline s says:

    Sounds like a interesting book.

  114. Louise Brouillette says:

    Cool book

  115. linda lansford says:

    Sounds like a good book to read!

  116. Sonja Jose says:

    I’d love to read this, sounds like we could all learn something.

  117. Anne says:

    Sounds like a fabulous read!

  118. C.Moss says:

    I think ths would be great to read, I am into “todays topics” and this is probably one problem not everyone really knows about, including me! I think this would give me insite to this issue and more so pass on the information to my children.

  119. I love animals! We have four dogs, five cats, and one horse. My dream is to open my own all animal rescue/shelter. All our animals have been rescues which we have kept as our own. In the past I had rescued many dogs and cats and taken to the vet to get spade or neutered and then found good wonderful homes for them. I would love doing this again someday…We don’t have a local rescue/shelter within 20 miles of here. Which is really horrible. There are so many animals that need our help just in my area. It makes me cry most of the time when I see dogs running around and I know that they will go to the local vet just to only live three days before being put to sleep. They should be treated more like children in some respects. I would love this book, it would be a great addition to my other books. Thank you!!!!

  120. Carolyn says:

    I would love this for my older brother who is having a birthday soon…we are definitely lovers of all animals. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks.

  121. Kenneth says:

    Monkeys are too fun, they can sell anything.

  122. margaret herrin says:

    Nice prize.

  123. Michael Capp says:

    I want to win!

  124. Steph says:

    Sounds like a really fantastic book, that everyone should read! Count me in!

  125. Sheree Warner says:

    I have learned so much since I joined PETA’s site, and am wanting to do more financially but am not able to at this time. I have been taking feral cats to be spade and neutered and then released back into the woods around me. I still leave food outside if they come back around, of course the racoons and skunks eat a lot of it.
    I would really appreciate winning a copy of this book! I might learn more ways that I can help save more animals!

  126. amy purple says:

    I’d love to read this! Sounds like it would be much more lighthearted than books like Diet for A New America and whatnot.

  127. Angela says:

    Sounds like an interesting book — I’d like to read a moderate & humorous take on these issue. Thanks for the nice giveaway.

  128. Cindi says:

    Hi, I am glad you brought this book to my attention. I grew up in a family of animal lovers. My brother was a veterinarian and we have had some very unusual pets. We also had more throw aways than anyone I have ever known. It is good to know that there is some humor in this book. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks,Cindi

  129. Sounds like a great read. I blogged it.

    callmeabookworm at gmail dot com

    ps – I’ve got giveaways going on as well. Hope you’ll stop by.

  130. Vader's Mom says:

    I would love to read this. Thank you!

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  132. Mike says:

    This is great. I didn’t even know you had this blog, like my pets blog nobody knows about. I’ll be sure to add it to my RSS reader.

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