North Central children’s book author and illustrator Michael Hale debuts his first solo book, “Bad Monkey Business,” with a special launch party during the regular Story Time beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Changing Hands Bookstore-Phoenix, 300 W. Camelback Road. Hale will sign copies of his book about a monkey who could be looking for mischief … or help.

It’s a rainy day and Mrs. McGoody is about to have a cup of tea when she finds a wet little monkey on her doorstep … and he means business! Can she stop the monkey from ruining her clean house, or is there something else going on that she doesn’t understand?

Hale previously wrote, designed and illustrated advertising campaigns, designed a variety of exhibits and displays and was the creative director at The Phoenix Zoo. To see more of Michael Hale’s work, visit