Bernadette had claws, a tail, fangs, and pointy ears. She was a monster. She caused all sorts of mayhem, but underneath she was different. She liked flowers, kittens, and baking treats. So Bernadette was nervous to go to school with the other monsters. Her niceness did not fit in with the group well. She asked for a group hug and got glares. She sang a sweet song and someone ate her microphone. Even her cupcakes with sprinkles get the monsters to turn tail and run. How was she going to make friends? Bernadette had a plan, a very monsterly, yet sweet one.
Sauer nicely turns the pink and princessy on its head with this small blue monster. The mix of sweet and monster is a winning one, nicely cleansing the saccharine that can accumulate from too many pink sparkly picture books. Sauer has a great sense of humor that is on display in her title. The things that the monster children hope are in the box as treats are silly and great fun. Sauer does not limit herself to normal picture book words in a any way. Make way for slobber, conquer and dismantle, among others. Magoon’s illustrations offer plenty of monster styles and types for the reader to gape at. None of the monsters are frightening. This is a funny book and the illustrations stay in that style as well. They are bright, intriguing and silly. Bernadette is a monster we can all relate to, thanks in large part to the way she is depicted in the illustrations.
A book that celebrates our diversity and differences, this is a great monster book to add to your not-so-scary stories pile. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Simon and Schuster.
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