May 1, 2010
Is There a Monster Over There? by Sally O. Lee
Is There a Monster Over There? is a cute picture book by Sally O. Lee that helps children realize that monsters are nothing to be afraid of! Mabel and her cat, Tiffany, stop worrying about and being scared by monsters and begin checking out exactly what a monster is like. Oh, he has fur on his body. And oh, the scales on his back are smooth.
Then she realizes that the monster is just as scared of her as she is of him. So she invites him to a tea party and they play together and are no longer scared of each other.
This story really puts being scared of monsters into perspective and would be a good book for any child who has a scary monster under their bed or in their closet. It is also just a cute book to read for any child.
I liked that the little girl's name was Mabel and the cat's name was Tiffany. I like how the cat had a name that is usually given to a child character and Mabel had a name that is not common and could be a cat's name. I loved that it was reversed like that, whether that was a conscious thought on the part of the author or not.
The only problem I had with this book is I wish the title was not in cursive. It looks pretty and is attention-grabbing, but a child cannot pick out the letters in the title and learn to read it if it is in cursive.
Other than that, I really enjoyed the story. Pick it up for your child and scare away the monsters in their life!
RATING: 5 Stars
BOOK #: 21
RECOMMENDED BY: n/a
CHALLENGES: Young Readers Challenge, 100+ in 2010 Challenge, A to Z
GENRES: Children's Picture Book
HEY, FCC!: I received this book for review from Bostick Communications.