MIND YOUR MONSTERS by Catherine Bailey


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Age Range: 4 - 8
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Monsters are mighty, but even they can be tamed by one powerful word: please.

Wally lives in a small, perfectly ordinary town until monsters invade. They make poor neighbors. As depicted in digital, TV-cartoonish, neon-colored art, they come in many hues, shapes, and sizes; some have claws and others tentacles, and the number of eyes varies. Among them are the fairly traditional zombies, werewolves, and vampires. The thing they have in common: they wreak havoc, tearing up bushes and lampposts, shaking cars, stinking, and scaring children. Wally talks to them—unfortunately readers have no idea what he says and must conclude that he is asking them to desist. He also tries scaring them off with his little sister's screams and even attempts bribery with treats. Nothing works until Wally, in desperation, shouts, "Will you PLEASE stop breaking all our stuff?" Adults may wonder if shouting is really all that polite, but no matter how it is said, hearing the word "please" works for the monsters: "Soon all the monsters were on their best behavior." Vidal goes to town with the monsters, particularly the ones with tentacles, situating them in as wholesome a small town as can be imagined; though Wally and his sister are Caucasian, many of the town’s other residents exhibit a pleasing diversity.

While not as original as Mo Willems’ The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? (2012) or as much fun as Ryan Heshka’s Welcome to Monster Town (2010), this should win some fans. (Picture book. 4-8) 

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-4549-1103-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Sterling
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15th, 2015


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