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The gorgeous illustrations from the hand of Bruce Whatley in Monster will have you returning to this delightful picture book many times.

Simple dialogue and a clever twist make this an enjoyable book for bedtime.

In parallels with It's Bedtime, William! someone is making excuses to put off going to bed.  And so ensues a dialogue between parents and son as the later complains about the monster in his bedroom.

Each full double page depicts a rather large, and actually quite loveable, pale green 'monster' and a little boy in his pyjamas with the dialogue bringing forward new complaints;

'There's mud in the claws and yuk on the tail!'

... followed by great sarcasm from his parents ...

'It's probably blood and gunk! As long as it's not yours.'

As the smells become over powering and the pillow fight results in a room covered in feathers ... mum and dad appear, and then so does the twist.  A very enjoyable one.

The illustrations are just as imperative to the story development as the dialogue is, and very appealing.  Bold without being harsh, and a great attention to detail, most crucially the facial expressions of our two main characters.  Take a look at that front cover, fantastic!


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Some monsters are scary - with pointy teeth and snuffly grunts - and they stink. You'd never invite them to sleep over! But there are other monsters that are cute and full of surprises.

Nitty Gritty


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Monster 2011-10-27 01:34:58 marit van Zonneveld
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Reviewed by marit van Zonneveld    October 27, 2011


A book about monsters would not be our first choice in a family with 4 young children. BUT, the review inspired us, especially the part about the facial expressions. So I did buy the book based on the review and we now go and look for the expressions and let the book tell its own story. Thanks for the wonderful review and the inspiration. None of our children fear monsters anymore.

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