by Paul Czajak
Illustrated by Wendy Grieb
Expected Publication June 28, 2016
Advanced copy provided by publisher
Monster is dreading his first day of school. But his classroom is full of new friends and so many fun things to learn that Monster forgets his fears in no time...until he catches his friends bullying. What will Monster do?
Another exuberant addition to the award-winning Monster & Me™ series, addressing back-to-school jitters and the difficulty of dealing with bullies—especially when they're friends.
Monster is a big, adorable lug who will capture the heart of children. I like how Monster is nervous and apprehensive to go to school. I think many new kindergarteners will be able to relate to his feelings. Then as the day goes on, Monster starts to realize that school is not so scary and can even be fun! Paul Czajak tells Monster's story in rhyme and does not shy away from using sophisticated vocabulary. Readers will have the opportunity to discuss the meaning of words like: motivation, pursue, succeed, peak, impress, despise, ridicule, and compromise.
The illustrations in the book by Wendy Grieb feel like looking into a Pixar movie. Monster is not scary and reminds me of a monster from my son's favorite movie, Monsters Inc. The children appear to come from a wide variety of backgrounds with various skin tones and hair color. Every young reader is certain to see themselves in this book.
Photo taken of uncorrected galley.
I also love this dedication from the uncorrected galley!
If you have a child entering school for the first time, I would add this book to your collection of "starting school" books.
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