Sweet Monsters

Why not celebrate this season of valentines with a love letter to the sweet monsters in contemporary children’s literature?   This trio of picture books is sure to capture the hearts of the young readers in your life–and touch you as well.  Let us know other charming monster books on your book shelves!

Love-MOnsterLove Monster by Rachel Bright

It’s daunting to be a hairy, red, googly-eyed monster and live in Cutesville, where are the resident are, well, cute. . .not to mention fluffy and cuddly.  So Love Monster sets out on a journey to find someone who will love him for himself.   Like all of us, he yearns for love and acceptance as he searches the world for a kindred spirit.  Very British, no-nonsense but sympathetic tone.  The  print-making is bold and bright in reds and purples that reflect Love Monster’s emotional palette.  A lovely book for toddlers and their parents to enjoy together.  And there are more books to come for Ms. Bright and her sweet monster.  We’ll keep you posted.

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LeonardoLeonardo, the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems

Leonardo has a very different problem from Love Monster.  He wants very much to be a terrible and scary monster, but he can’t seem to frighten anyone.   Finally he meets a very timid little boy and manages to “scare the tuna salad out of him.”  (This is Mo Willems, after all.)  But it turns out that Sam is actually crying for a whole laundry list of reasons–not that Leonardo scared him.  In the end, Leonardo decides he’d rather be a wonderful friend than a terrible monster.  With Willems’ signature sense of humor and pacing, and not to mention delightful drawings with irresistible facial expressions, this one is a real winner.

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Mostly-MOnsterMostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer and Scott Magoon

Bernadette would surely befriend Love Monster and Leonardo if they were to meet.  Like these other individualistic monsters, Bernadette’s interests are so different from her classmates at Monster Academy.  While they are perfectly content to uproot trees and eat fried snail goo, she prefers picking flowers, singing friendship songs, and baking cupcakes. On the other hand, she is “mostly monsterly,” lurching, growling, and causing mayhem with the best of them.  Can Bernadette both be herself and fit in?  With its humor, suspense, and beautiful illustrations, Mostly Monsterly makes a great read-aloud!

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