HAVE YOU SEEN MY MONSTER? by Steve Light

HAVE YOU SEEN MY MONSTER?

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Age Range: 3 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A little girl searches for her monster in every corner of the county fair.

She asks readers to help her locate her not-very-frightening, curly-haired monster as she visits and enjoys exhibits, rides, games, food vendors and more. Hiding sometimes in plain sight and sometimes more obscurely, he is everywhere she goes. He rides the carousel, flies a kite, indulges in snacks and marches in a parade. Of course she finds him just in time to go home. Light follows up on the techniques employed in his earlier Have You Seen My Dragon? (2014). Busy, black, pen-and-ink line drawings set the scene, capturing all the details of a county fair. Although the monster is purple and the girl is in full color on the cover, they are depicted in black line throughout the work. Simple sentences in large print are prominently placed within the illustrations, and a black banner with white lettering announces the names of brightly colored shapes. A square, rectangle, triangle and circle each make an appearance, along with other familiar shapes. But watch for a quatrefoil, trapezium, nonagon and curvilinear triangle as well. Young readers will be happily engaged in searching for the monster, and finding and identifying the shapes, all the while enjoying the excitement and fun of the fair.

Gently educational and greatly entertaining. (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: April 8th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7636-7513-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015




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