A brief, accessible book that would be a good tool for elementary school guidance counselors.

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THERE'S A MONSTER IN MY HOUSE

In this debut picture book for kids, author E-Collen and illustrator Coddington, both educators, stress the importance of trusting adults with secrets involving abuse.

The “monster” in the protagonist’s house has been there since she was 5. Coddington portrays a Freddy Krueger–like silhouette in solid black against the background of a house’s interior. In the opening, the protagonist is shown hugging her knees, hiding beneath a table. At first, she explains, the monster gave her gifts and seemed nice. He said she was “special” but encouraged her to keep secrets from her mother. When the girl didn’t want to do unspecified “things,” she says, the monster became angry and wouldn’t leave her alone. One day at school, her teacher reads a book about “different types of touching.” Encouraged, the girl trusts her teacher with the truth. The girl, the monster, and the teacher are depicted as Caucasian, but Coddington briefly portrays classmates with other skin tones. Young readers will likely want to know if the girl gets rescued from the monster, but the book leaves the question open. E-Collen’s childlike, first-person narration feels authentic, and although Coddington’s silhouettes are scary, readers likely won’t find them overly threatening. This book may help endangered children open up about their experiences.

A brief, accessible book that would be a good tool for elementary school guidance counselors.

Pub Date: N/A

ISBN: 978-1-5255-3767-7

Page Count: -

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: March 15, 2019

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Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit.

THERE'S A MONSTER IN YOUR BOOK

From the There’s a…in Your Book series

Readers try to dislodge a monster from the pages of this emotive and interactive read-aloud.

“OH NO!” the story starts. “There’s a monster in your book!” The blue, round-headed monster with pink horns and a pink-tipped tail can be seen cheerfully munching on the opening page. “Let’s try to get him out,” declares the narrator. Readers are encouraged to shake, tilt, and spin the book around, while the monster careens around an empty background looking scared and lost. Viewers are exhorted to tickle the monster’s feet, blow on the page, and make a really loud noise. Finally, shockingly, it works: “Now he’s in your room!” But clearly a monster in your book is safer than a monster in your room, so he’s coaxed back into the illustrations and lulled to sleep, curled up under one page and cuddling a bit of another like a child with their blankie. The monster’s entirely cute appearance and clear emotional reactions to his treatment add to the interactive aspect, and some young readers might even resist the instructions to avoid hurting their new pal. Children will be brought along on the monster’s journey, going from excited, noisy, and wiggly to calm and steady (one can hope).

Playful, engaging, and full of opportunities for empathy—a raucous storytime hit. (Picture book. 2-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 5, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5247-6456-2

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: June 5, 2017

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2017

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CINDERELLA

This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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