The Jolly Mon, by Jimmy Buffet, is a story based on happiness. The big picture to this book is very simple, be happy and don't worry about the bad things in life. I love this book even though it's a very simple book, when I was small my mom would read this to me after a hard day at work, mostly because she liked it. As an adult myself now I can see how a stressful life can be calmed and relaxed after reading this book. One of the best parts of this book are the pictures, the illustrations in the book are beautiful works of art. Every page has a different picture of a different beautiful Caribbean ocean scene, yet another reason why I think my mom loved reading me this book. These pictures were not only wonderful but they enhance the already peaceful story. One thing I do not like is the plot, the story goes very well till near the end, when a dolphin comes out of the ocean and saves the Jolly Mon when he's drowning, then the dolphin tells him to climb on his back and he carries him home. The story is realistic and reasonable till this point which to me makes the idea of being as happy as he is more of a fantasy than reality.