Funny Little Monkey

Funny Little Monkey

I still think about it all the time.
— John Green

Arty Moore is half as big but twice as smart as the other kids at Millard Fillmore High. His twin brother, Kurt, however, is a hulking hormonal monster with a brain the size of a walnut and a seriously short fuse.

Not that Arty has much time to waste wondering. The strangest school year in town history is ending, and he is coping with turtle-nappings, and Viking waiters, broken hearts, and blackmail. And not until it’s nearly too late does Arty realize that even a little guy can get into big, big trouble.

Reviews and Accolades

  • 2005 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults nominee
  • 2005 Borders Original Voices finalist
  • 2005 Tennessee Volunteer Book Award finalist

“Taps into the painful experience of high school, leavened with healthy doses of hyperbole, hope and wry humor–which Auseon seems to understand just may be the best tools for teenage survival.”

 -Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

“Strikingly clever debut draws both blood and laughter. Teenagers fond of the dark adult humor of David Sedaris and Lynda Barry will especially like this.”


“Auseon writes with a sardonic tone and an ear for the odd detail reminiscent of M.T. Anderson; the text is peppered with postmodern, thematically resonant weirdness."

-Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books (Recommended)  

"First time novelist Andrew Auseon brings a fresh voice to this surrealistic comedy that will have teens snickering with recognition despite its deliberate grotesqueries.”