HERE COMES MR. FLAT! by Jaume Copons

HERE COMES MR. FLAT!

From the "Alex and the Monsters" series
by ; illustrated by ; translated by
Age Range: 5 - 9
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Mini-monster Mr. Flat needs some help.

Alex doesn’t like tidying his room or doing his homework, and he can be careless at school too. When Alex is sent to help librarian Emma clean up the storeroom (as punishment for his having made a mess in the library earlier), he finds a small, orange, stuffed monster toy. Later, searching his untidy room for missing homework, Alex comes across a story he wrote. Reading it out loud brings the stuffie to life. After Mr. Flat introduces himself with a song, Alex and Mr. Flat explore the literary canon together, but then Mr. Flat reveals that he and his friends were exiled from a book by the evil Dr. Brut. When Alex’s mom tidies his room and sells Mr. Flat, can Alex retrieve him and help Mr. Flat and his monster friends? This first in a series of highly illustrated short chapter books is a bit clunky. Whether the clunks are the result of being translated from Spanish to French and then to English, are due to cultural differences, or find their sources in the original is an interesting academic question but likely immaterial to children. It’s just clunky. The goofy, full-color cartoon illustrations and multitude of speech-bubble conversations are enticing, but the characterizations are shallow and the density of text, forbidding to the readers most likely to be attracted to it. The characters seem to be all white. Sequel Restaurant Rescue! publishes simultaneously.

Overall…flat. (Graphic/fantasy hybrid. 5-9)

Pub Date: April 10th, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-924786-09-3
Page count: 136pp
Publisher: CrackBoom! Books
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2018




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