When A Monster Is Born

What It Is

When a monster is born, it may be a “faraway-in-the-forest” monster or an “under-your-bed” monster. If it’s the former, then “that’s that.” But if it’s the latter, there are two possibilities. The monster will eat you, and “that’s that.” Or, you can make friends with it. If you and the monster make friends, there are two possibilities. And, so the story proceeds through several funny scenarios until the plot comes full circle and another monster is born.

Why It’s Fun

This book is similar in theme to the “If You Give a Mouse ...” series, but with a refreshing approach. Originally released hardcover, this new paperback version evokes a feeling of a comic book. The illustrations are very cartoonish and shouldn’t frighten children, unless they scare very easily. The authors present a proverbial fork-in-the-road with each two-decision scenario. Each two-page spread features one black page and an opposing white page. This technique underscores that the result of each scenario is black-and-white: either “that’s that,” or a different, even more hilarious option is possible, such as bringing a monster to school or even marrying one. While reading this book, it might also be fun to have the kids make up their own silly scenarios for some imagination building. Or, on a more serious note, possibly transition to a discussion about decision making.

Who’s Going To Love It

As we approach “monster” season, this is a super fun book, at a good price, that can be read any time of year. Because monsters are the theme, parents should make sure that it is appropriate for their young child. Again, children on the older end of the publisher’s recommended age range should be fine with it.

Reading Time

About 3 minutes

Read-It-Again Points

7 out of 10

Book Information

By: Written and Illustrated by Sean Taylor and Nick Sharratt
Published by: Square Fish, an imprint of Macmillan (2006)
Approximate retail price: $6.99
Publisher’s recommended ages: 3 - 6


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