Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Children's Book Review: Mostly Monsterly
Written by: Tammi Sauer
Illustrated by: Scott Magoon
Published by: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2010
Bernadette might seem like an ordinary monster, but sometimes she likes to do some very unmonsterlike things, like pick flowers. And pet kittens. And bake.
When the time comes for Bernadette to go to Monster Academy, she's just a teensy bit nervous. Her classmates just don't understand her. They'd rather uproot trees than sing friendship songs. And they prefer fried snail goo to Bernadette's homemade cupcakes with sprinkles. Can Bernadette find a way to make friends at school and still be herself?
* I don't remember where I first heard about this book. However, I'm glad that I did. Bernadette is not a "normal" monster. While she looks like a monster on the outside, she likes things like flowers, baking, and being nice. Things unheard of at the Monster Academy. She finally is able to come up with a way to connect and befriend her fellow monsters without losing her sense of self. I think this is a great book for showing kids that it's okay to be different.
Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.