Monster and Boy by Hannah Barnaby, illustrated by Anoosha Syed

 Monster and Boy by Hannah Barnaby, illustrated by Anoosha Syed, Henry Holt and Company, 9781250217837, 2020

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Fantasy

What did you like about the book? This delightful story is a humorous evening romp between a monster and a boy. It provides a fun and inviting way for children to explore the idea of whether monsters are real, and to discover there’s nothing to be afraid of after all. The author alternates between having the narrator tell the story in the third and second person, addressing the reader with funny asides that keep the story moving nicely. The illustrations are nostalgic and, although simple black and white line drawings, they add charm and interest. Young children who have made the transition from early reader to chapter book might enjoy trying this title solo, or with the help of an adult.  Readers will be excited to learn that Book 2 in the series is slated for publication in March 2021.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book is a great read-aloud for bedtime or for a child who is perhaps afraid of monsters and needs reassurance. Fans of Where the Wild Things Are will enjoy this story as well.

Who should buy this book? Elementary and public libraries

Where would you shelve it? J Barnaby

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Linda Broderick, Lincoln Street Elementary School, Northboro, MA

Date of review: 11/21/2020

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