Little Gibbon's Big Adventures

cover of Monkey Brains On Big River

Little Gibbon's Big Adventures is a series of beautiful Mark Dahle Portfolios.

Each book in the series includes includes a colorful abstract painting, more than twenty beautiful photographs, and a story about Little Gibbon, who was called Monkey Brains because he liked having big adventures.

Books in the series include:

1 Monkey Brains On Big River

2 Monkey Brains On Big Ocean

3 Monkey Brains On Big Mountain

4 Monkey Brains In Big Desert

Unlike many picture books, the story in each book is not related to the photographs or painting in the book.

From the first book:

As he sailed down the river Little Gibbon could see his boot near the paddle he had forgotten on the dock. But he was going on an adventure, and he didn’t care. Who needs a boot and a paddle when you want to have an adventure?

The books are suitable for children and adults.


Books in the series

Order Book #1 from Amazon

Or see our complete list of Mark Dahle Portfolios.


About Mark Dahle Portfolios

Mark Dahle Portfolios can be read in a few minutes and then enjoyed for a lifetime. Thought-provoking and beautiful, they feature an unusual combination of compelling photographs, brilliant paintings and deceptively simple text.

The short, 50-page books have several different kinds of fans. The portfolios were created for art collectors who don't mind feeling initially disoriented as they look at art. But because of the enjoyable stories, the portfolios are also popular with grandparents and parents who want to encourage reading, and with kids of all ages who like the stories.

Unlike most picture books, the text is not related to the art next to it. This might seem a little weird to adults. Kids, however, seem to roll with the discontinuity just fine.

The portfolios encourage adults bothered by the unusual layout to order more books until they get used to it. Anyone following this advice has plenty of portfolios to choose from; more than 50 have been released to date in a wide variety of styles and genres.

For more information, check out the article: What are artists’ books?


Information for art collectors

Mark Dahle Portfolios are individually dated, giving collectors bragging rights over people who acquire their copies later.

In addition, ten large 13 x 19 inch versions of each portfolio are available. Five of the ten are already reserved; five are available to individual art collectors and organizations.

You can find more information here: Special Edition Portfolios for Art Collectors