DEAR BIG, MEAN, UGLY MONSTER by Ruth Marie Berglin

DEAR BIG, MEAN, UGLY MONSTER

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Age Range: 4 - 9

KIRKUS REVIEW

A young boy fights his fear of monsters with words and wins a new friend in the process. Monsters are one of Joe’s few fears, specifically the sharp-clawed, long-fanged one under his bed. Mom and Dad try to help with monster spray and a flashlight, but after dark, Joe still crosses his room on his furniture. A story gives Joe the idea of using words, and he leaves a note telling the creature to go away. The monster leaves one of his own, explaining himself and apologizing. But Joe is not appeased, still demanding that he leave. Now angry, the monster points out that it’s Joe who’s the mean one, with his monster spray and a light stick as weapons. This gives Joe pause. Over the next few notes the two realize they have much in common. DiRocco’s illustrations are a treat. Expressive faces, a not-too-scary monster and a child’s point of view all help children relate to Joe’s predicament. Designed to give children one more weapon in their arsenal against their fears, this one will take its place beside the standards. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: Nov. 25th, 2006
ISBN: 1-58760-072-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Child & Family Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2005




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