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by Lynn Downey & illustrated by Jack E. Davis

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-8037-2728-3
Publisher: Dial

Downey and Davis offer a different take on the subject of sibling rivalry for a parent’s love in this hysterical look at a monster family. As Mama tippy-claws into each of her four children’s rooms, she’s met by the question, “Who do you love most?” Her response? “I love all my little monsters. But you—you are very special.” She then proceeds to tell each child the qualities each has that she likes most—a sense of humor, good manners, creativity, and bravery. Each goes to sleep satisfied with her answer. Then, as Mama sleeps in her bed, the monsters tippy-claw around the cave preparing their own surprises for Mama to show her that she’s loved the most as well. The gentle message that each child is unique and well-loved will appeal to all siblings who have ever asked this question. And the characters are just monster-ish enough to appeal to the side of children that loves all things slimy. Davis’s illustrations, rich in color and detail, cleverly add gross and yucky things that young readers will love to discover. (Picture book. 4-8)