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Published by Blue Apple Books on February 26, 2013
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This charming concept book puts the child-reader "in charge" of an assortment of unruly little monsters (stand-ins for their real-life counterparts). Each displays certain "monstrous" behaviors (crabbiness, selfishness, etc.), which kids will recognize in themselves. Being in charge motivates kids to handle/address these behaviors and provides a sense of ownership over how to help them be happier, more well-behaved monsters. It's an ideal little book for young kids to share with a grown-up.
This is a charming picture book that is filled with a variety of bright, and fun monsters. Unfortunately, all of these monsters are misbehaving in some way, whether it’s that they’re crabby or selfish. It is very much intended for a younger audience, I’d say in the 2-6 range, though my 7-year-old enjoyed reading it out loud to me.
A lot of the text is simple, covering things that the monsters may be doing and how to tell the monster to behave. In a lot of ways this is excellent because it encourages kids to deal with these behaviors on their own (which I think is a great thing and can lead to happier and more confident children). It can also help children begin to recognize that behavior in themselves, and in doing so help them learn how to deal with their own actions.
The first page opens to the suggestion to not be afraid of the monsters because you are in charge, and that is such a great message for the children reading this book. And wouldn’t it be wonderful if the kids who want to read this book could learn how to teach their own monsters how to behave?